President Trump announced on October 13, 2017, that he was not going to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal entered into in 2015 by former President Obama’s administration. This announcement was made after a months-long review of the agreement.
Trump spoke about the history of Iran since 1979 when the ayatollahs took power and highlighted their anti-American policies and acts of terror since then. He also mentioned some of the specifics of the 2015 nuclear deal especially how one-sided this agreement was in Iran’s favor.
Trump commented on the money, some $1.6 billion, much of which was delivered in cash to Iran, as part of the deal. He called this an “unprecedented” act in our history.
“Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal,” Trump stated. He reiterated the continuing violations of the deal which Iran has committed since the agreement. He emphasized the overall goal of this action was “never going to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
The president outlined a plan to work with Congress to act on various sanctions against Iran, as well as ending the Iran agreement. However, if he cannot get the Congress to help, he reserves the right to cancel the deal outright.
By D.T. Osborn
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