by Countable | 7.18.17
Despite his campaign condemnations of the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by former-President Obama, President Trump certified Iran’s compliance with the deal for the second time late Monday night, meaning the lifting of sanctions against the Middle East nation will continue. Trump has given his advisors until the next scheduled compliance deadline to ‘deliver’ on a new policy, reports the New York Times.
President Trump condemned the deal during his campaign and promised to end it. If he continues, albeit reluctantly, to support the deal, some argue he is betraying his base.
The deal is narrowly focused on lifting sanctions in exchange for Iran disbanding their nuclear program. President Trump is raising concerns about non-nuclear behavior (human rights abuses, ballistic missile development, etc.), which technically he can respond to with new sanctions separate from the nuclear deal. He just can’t reinstitute the same ones that existed prior to the deal. At the last compliance deadline new sanctions were instituted, but this time none were announced.
The deal has the support of multiple European nations, including France, Germany and the United Kingdom, who participated in its formulation. Abandoning the Iran nuclear deal could further isolate America on the world diplomatic stage, especially follow the Trump Administration’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord.
Finally, the recent cease-fire in Syria brokered between the U.S. and Russia has raised concerns in Israel that Iran will become a stronger force in the Syrian conflict. Israel supports the expansion of U.S. sanctions to undermine Iran’s influence in the region. Administration officials have promised to address Israel’s concerns "directly".
Do you support the U.S. continuing to honor the existing Iran nuclear deal? Do you support additional sanctions to address non-nuclear concerns? Or do you think the administration should abandon the deal and start over from scratch?
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I support the U.S. continuing to honor the existing Iran nuclear deal.
Honor the treaty and learn about Iranian history in the Middle East and Central Asia and learn how to negotiate with them and learn about the resilience of the Iranian people and their pro Western positions on most issues. Interact from a position of knowledge and strength and see improved expectations and results
It's working so, let's change it. This is not smart and undoing all of your predecessor's work because he rubbed you is dangerous and ultimately not good policy.
I think we all know why T wants to change the deal, because it was negotiated by Obama, the black guy, in T's racist mind. Since T's people couldn't put forward a healthcare bill that wasn't better than Obama's what makes him think his people can make a better deal with Iran than he did. They had 7 years to come up with a better healthcare bill and couldn't what will another 90 days allow his people to do that they haven't tried in the past six months.
Iran has and continues to comply with the deal, and therefore we should honor it until its end. However, it would be understandable if President Trump decided to put additional sanctions on Iran for things other than their nuclear program. But, I do believe the best thing to do hear is not to add additional sanctions to Iran if we're not willing to put sanctions on Saudi Arabia for doing the exact same things. If we won't sanction both for human rights abuses we shouldn't sanction one in particular, whether that be only Saudi Arabia or only Iran. We need to completely rethink our Middle Eastern policy in terms of Iran and Saudi Arabia, as well as crack down on the actions of countries who we decide to support.
We have an agreement with Iran, it MUST be honored. We have lost so much standing in the world as an honorable and trusted country - can we for once do the right thing?
Iran is complying with the deal that was negotiated and they have elected a more moderate president. They need to be allowed time to show that they are living up to the deal already in place. Then renegotiations could take place. Their people are in agreement it takes time.
The nation's honor is at stake. Trump has no honor and his word is worthless, probably he will try to bully Iran to have a Trump tower in Tehran. A really bad reason to expand the war.
Why can't you leave well enough alone...
45 and his administration have zero knowledge of history of Iran, or anywhere, honor the deal, do not stir up more troubles just to satisfy 45 who is CLUELESS, stand up Congressional people and start working for America.
CONTINUE TO HONOR THE DEAL!
A deal is a deal. We should abide the agreement we made. Trump has had 6 months to deliver a better deal and hasn't done so. If the Iranians are misbehaving in other areas that don't violate the agreement, then respond appropriately.
This White House is NOT capable of implementing a new deal, keep letting them go on and we will be warring with everyone, just ridiculous, sigh
Honor this agreement.
They are following the agreement. This is a fact. Can 45 spend more time on crating jobs?