By Iran Probe staff
15 October 2017
There has not been one new EU sanction against Iran since the deal was implemented, despite Iran’s continued human rights violations, support for terror, and pursuit of ballistic missiles.
The Telegraph, a quality daily published in London reported on Saturday that, “Donald Trump’s position on Iran is not madness – it’s a view shared by many Americans”. Donald Trump has never been shy about his displeasure with the Iranian nuclear deal. It is therefore no surprise that he has now announced his intention to decertify the deal, signed in 2015 to limit Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for a reduction in sanctions. This is not “Trump going rogue”, and it would be unwise to dismiss this move as another example of madness.
For Trump’s discomfort with the Iran deal is widely shared throughout the Republican Party, across the aisle with certain Democrats (including Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader), and throughout the USA. Its critics feel that Obama gave away too much for too little …
Soon after President Trump position on Friday, several U.S. Senators and members of Congress fully supported his plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement after the president’s announcement on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. He said, ““The president’s decision not to certify that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is ‘in the vital national security interests of the United States’ now provides the opportunity for Congress to strengthen the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act and create a standard for certification that is consistent with our interests. And it makes clear to our allies that more work must be done to contain Iran’s malign behavior. I am committed to working with the Trump Administration to constrain Iran’s support for terrorism and proxy militias, impede the threat of ballistic missiles and deny Iran the path to a nuclear weapon.
Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, ““For years, the Iranian regime has literally been getting away with murder. Meanwhile, the United States has lacked a comprehensive strategy to meet the multifaceted threat Iran poses. The goals President Trump presented in his speech today are a welcomed long overdue change. They offer the United States a path forward that centers our policy towards Iran on its destabilizing regional ambitions rather than its nuclear program alone. I look forward to learning more about the specifics of this strategy, and the Senate Armed Services Committee will conduct thorough oversight of our military’s role in it.”
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, said,: “There has not been one new EU sanction against Iran since the deal was implemented, despite Iran’s continued human rights violations, support for terror, and pursuit of ballistic missiles. Decertifying provides some much needed leverage and we need to use this opportunity to get the EU on board with sanctioning Iran’s non-nuclear related activity, including taking action against the IRGC, and protect the national security interests of the United States and our allies.”