President Donald Trump pulled the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, which he calls “defective at its core” and “disastrous.”
In his remarks, Trump said the agreement was “supposed to protect the United States and its allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb.” However, it allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium. Its’ restrictions on the regime’s nuclear activity and other malign behaviors are weak.
In 2015, the Obama Administration entered the Iran nuclear deal officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The agreement lifted crippling economic sanctions against Iran. Trump said the agreement “great embarrassment to me as a citizen and to all the citizens of the United States.”
In addition, Trump said, “A constructive deal could easily have been struck at the time, but it wasn’t. At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear energy program.”
Furthermore, Trump called the deal “horrible and one-sided.” It “didn’t bring calm, peace, and it never will.” He cited the fact that the agreement failed to stop Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It didn’t stop its development of ballistic missiles. The deal didn’t also address the regime’s destabilizing activities including its support for terrorism.