Other than the obvious reason of President Trump hating it because the Obama administration came up with it.
Between President Donald Trump’s first speech to the UN and an increasing focus on the administration’s rhetoric of “nation first” international strategy, there has been a lot of talk over their views of the current Iran Nuclear Deal. Recent stories have the Trump administration talking over retracting from the deal itself, which begs the question; why does the Trump administration hate the Iran Nuclear Deal so much?
President Trump Believes the Iran Nuclear Deal Doesn’t Do Enough to Keep Them in Check
Before we dive deep into this, it’s important to point out the Obama administration’s main purpose of the Iran Nuclear Deal was to make sure Iran never established a nuclear weapons program. In turn, some of the more crippling international sanctions would be lifted from Iran. For the Obama administration at the time, the deal was relatively straight forward because their primary concern was to make sure Iran never gets access to a nuclear arsenal. Which in theory, makes a lot of sense!
Think of all the trouble and instability that has been caused by North Korea’s multiple nuclear tests. Now imagine the same thing happening in an area where the Israel-Palestine conflict continues and Syria being in the midst of a civil war (as well as a major humanitarian crisis). For a region of the world that is already known for its instability, making sure Iran doesn’t develop a nuclear weapons program isn’t the worst idea in the world. However, President Donald Trump (and his administration) believes more should be done in keeping Iran in check.
The Trump administration’s biggest problem is that they feel the Iran Nuclear Deal doesn’t go far enough in trying to rein in Iran’s other international activities; particularly their continued efforts to support/fund internationally known terrorist organizations through clandestine networks and their strengthening of their ballistic missile systems. As the above video shows, President Trump’s National Security Advisor, H. R. McMaster, echoes the concerns of the administration claiming the Iran deal is “fundamentally flawed” and gives Iran too much leverage up front.
What the Trump administration would like to do is fold on the current deal and renegotiate the Iran deal with different terms.
Could The Trump Administration Do a Better Deal with Iran?
That’s a tough question to answer.
In reality, there is a chance for the Trump administration to create a “better” Iran Nuclear Deal, but it would probably require them to lift even more sanctions on Iran. Currently, Iranian leaders have lamented over the current nuclear deal and feel that Iran’s economy hasn’t bounced back as much as they had hoped it would from the removal of certain sanctions. US sanctions on Iran had various effects on the Iranian economy from the government having to refine their own gas (causing poor air quality in major cities like Tehran) to the cost of goods rising drastically, slowing down the country’s spending. According to the World Bank, Iran’s GDP has greatly contracted to almost 2-3% each year since stricter US sanctions have been put into place.
Because of that, the door is open for the Trump administration to create a new deal with Iran in hopes of not only stopping their nuclear program but curbing the other activities that are against US interests (ie ballistic missile programs, funding terrorist organizations). However, if the Trump administration were to cut a deal to include stopping those additional actions, they would also have to be willing to lift additional sanctions that have been placed against Iran. Based on the rhetoric that has come from the President Trump thus far, that may not be an option.
If President Trump (and his administration) is not willing to lifting more sanctions against Iran for additional cooperation on other fronts, then their best bet may be just to keep the current Iran Nuclear Deal.
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