Tag Archives: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Discerning the "spirit" of the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"In the last two and a half years, the U.S. has 'stepped up' support for Iran’s regional rivals, it has enabled an atrocious war on Yemen that Washington’s clients dishonestly claim is intended to combat Iranian influence, and it has launched attacks on Iranian allies in Syria. Does any of that mean that the U.S. is violating the 'spirit' of the deal? No. While those policies may be bad (and in some cases they are indefensible), they have nothing to do with whether or not the U.S. is keeping up its end of the bargain. So it is frankly ridiculous to use other Iranian behavior to claim that it is somehow violating the 'spirit' of the deal when it is fulfilling its actual obligations on the nuclear issue." (09/17/17)


Conservatives should want to preserve the Iran nuclear deal

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"Following the Obama administration’s signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program and imposed rigorous limitations on it for the foreseeable future, Congress passed legislation requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the agreement. President Trump has done this twice so far. But he has given strong indications that he will refuse to do it a third time. With the next 90-day deadline approaching on October 15, the survival of the Iran deal hangs in the balance. The problem with Trump’s stated intention to refuse to certify Iranian compliance is that Iran is, in fact, fully complying." (09/15/17)


US regime extends some Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

Source: Reuters

"The United States on Thursday extended some sanctions relief for Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal but said it has yet to decide whether to preserve the deal itself, the State Department said. President Donald Trump, who must make a decision by mid-October that could undermine the agreement, said Iran is violating 'the spirit' of the 2015 deal under which Iran got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program. In a sign of Trump’s desire to put pressure on Iran, which denies violating the deal, the U.S. Treasury announced new cyber-related and other sanctions on seven Iranian individuals, two Iranian entities and two Ukraine-based entities." (09/14/17)


Haley debuts Trump's case for ending Iran nuke deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Kelley Beaucar Vlahos

"While UN ambassador Nikki Haley certainly didn’t come to the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday to praise the nuclear agreement with Iran, she insisted she wasn’t there to bury it either. But we think she doth protest too much. Because that is exactly what she set out to do. 'I’m not making the case for decertifying (the agreement),' she told her rapt AEI audience. 'I’m just saying if he (president) should decertify, he has the grounds.' … Her speech, delivered at the most hawkish think tank in Washington — a nesting ground for the key architects of the Iraq War and wider Global War on Terror, not to mention nearly every anti-Iranian hardliner in town — came just five days after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declared for the eighth time that Iran was complying with the 2015 deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA." (09/06/17)


Haley: Trump "has grounds" to say Iran violating nuclear deal

Source: Politico

"Donald Trump's U.N. ambassador says the president 'has grounds' to declare that Iran is not complying with the 2015 nuclear deal, stoking doubts about whether Trump intends to keep an international agreement and core legacy achievement for former President Barack Obama. Nikki Haley, speaking Tuesday in Washington, said she did not know what Trump plans to do next month when he is due to certify to Congress whether Tehran is complying with the agreement. But she appeared to lay the groundwork for Trump to declare that Iran is in violation of the deal. Haley stressed that such 'de-certification' does not invalidate the nuclear deal or constitute a U.S. withdrawal. But it would likely enrage Iran and rattle U.S. allies in Europe and beyond who fear that Trump wants to unravel the agreement without actually declaring that the U.S. will no longer honor it." [editor's note: In addition to Iran, six other nations are signatory to the deal, and they aren't likely to drop it – TLK] (09/05/17)


Trump seeks "cooked" intelligence to renege on the nuclear deal

Source: The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison

"The Trump White House is reportedly pushing intelligence analysts to find Iranian violations of the JCPOA when they don’t exist: 'US intelligence officials are under pressure from the White House to produce a justification to declare Iran in violation of a 2015 nuclear agreement, in an echo of the politicisation of intelligence that led up to the Iraq invasion, according to former officials and analysts.' It is telling that the White House has to resort to manipulating the intelligence on Iran and the nuclear deal, as it shows that the only way to discover Iranian violations of the deal is to distort intelligence analysis and make them up." (08/28/17)


Cyberwar on Iran won't work. Here's why.

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"The Trump administration has limited options on its Iran policy outside of the JCPOA. Whether or not the president makes good on his threats to effectively abrogate the deal, one thing is for sure: a renewed covert cyber war is unlikely to produce any benefits worth the trouble." (08/21/17)


Rouhani: Iran could quit nuclear deal "within hours" if US keeps violating it

Source: US News & World Report

"Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers 'within hours' if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday. 'If America wants to go back to the experience (of imposing sanctions), Iran would certainly return in a short time — not a week or a month but within hours — to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations,' Rouhani told a session of parliament broadcast live on state television. Iran says new sanctions that the United States has imposed on it breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers in which it agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most sanctions." (08/15/17)


Iran: Regime say new US sanctions violate nuclear deal, vows "proportional reaction"


Source: CNBC

"Iran said new sanctions imposed by U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday break the terms of its nuclear deal with the United States and other world powers, and vowed an 'appropriate and proportional' response. Trump, who during his election campaign called the nuclear agreement — negotiated under his predecessor Barack Obama — 'the worst deal ever,' signed the new sanctions into law along with measures against Russia and North Korea." (08/03/17)


Iran: Regime confirms new missile test, says it does not violate nuclear deal

Source: Reuters

"Iran's defense minister said on Wednesday it had tested a new missile but this did not breach the Islamic Republic's nuclear accord with world powers or a U.N. Security Council resolution endorsing the pact. Iran has test-fired several ballistic missiles since the nuclear deal in 2015, but the latest test was the first during U.S. President Donald Trump's administration. Trump said in his election campaign that he would stop Iran's missile program." (02/01/17)