Trump Orders Review Of Nuclear Deal Even Though Iran Is Complying

Cheryl Sanders
April 21, 2017

The agreement exchanged limits on Iran's nuclear program to thwart its ability to create a nuclear weapon with the lifting of crippling global economic and oil sanctions.

The deal has allowed many Western companies to resume business with Iran, including Boeing, which has signed two major agreements to deliver dozens of planes to Iran.

Trump as a candidate vowed to discard or renegotiate the pact, and shortly after taking office his administration put Tehran "on notice" that its troublesome behavior would no longer be tolerated.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on April 19 that Trump was "doing the prudent thing by asking for a review of the current deal".

The National Security Council-led interagency review will be evaluating whether the administration should stop the suspension of sanctions against Iran because the country "remains a leading state sponsor of terror". That agreement, he said, "fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran".

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Iran is sticking to the terms of the historic agreement it made to curb its nuclear program. He said one of the mistakes of the deal was how it "completely ignored" other threats posed by Iran.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz (2nd L), Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi (2nd R) and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) wait with others ahead of a meeting at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne on March 26, 2015. The U.S. has been exploring ways to address the threat of North Korea's nuclear program, which is significantly farther along than Iran's.

In an ominous warning, Tillerson linked Iran's behavior to that of North Korea and said that with both countries, the US would no longer engage in "strategic patience".

The Trump administration is considering re-imposing a massive set of economic sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the Obama administration as part of the landmark nuclear agreement that gave Tehran billions in economic support, according to US officials who told the Washington Free Beacon that Iran's military buildup and disregard for worldwide law could prompt USA reprisal. Tillerson said that decision will be made as part of a governmentwide review of Iran policy now underway.

He did not say why the Trump administration was not immediately pulling out of the Iran deal, but analysts have pointed out that such action would likely provoke Iran to begin developing its nuclear program again, and result in few benefits for the U.S. or its allies in the region.

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