President Donald Trump listed a set of grievances in a press release on what the White House called its “new strategy for Iran” early Friday morning, hours before his administration was expected to announce whether he will decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.
Trump reluctantly certified the landmark Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) twice since he took office in January. He signaled in July that he had serious reservations about approving the agreement a third time, and argued that it had been one of the “worst deals in history.”
“The Iranian regime has displayed a disturbing pattern of behavior, seeking to exploit loopholes and test the international community’s resolve,” the White House statement read, ostensibly referring to Iran’s continued tests in its ballistic missile program. “This behavior cannot be tolerated; the deal must be strictly enforced.”
“The reckless behavior of the Iranian regime … poses one of the most dangerous threats to the interests of the United States and to regional stability,” the statement continued. “The [Obama] Administration’s myopic focus on Iran’s nuclear program to the exclusion of the regime’s many other malign activities allowed Iran’s influence in the region to reach a high-water mark.”
“The Trump Administration will not repeat these mistakes.”
Trump vehemently criticized the JCPOA throughout his 2016 presidential campaign.
Although Trump has admonished Iran for allegedly breaching the terms of the agreement, the details behind the accord are more nuanced. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) — a United Nations watchdog tasked with inspecting nuclear programs — Iran does appear to be in compliance with the nuclear agreement.
However, Iran has continued to provoke the US by testing ballistic missiles, albeit with lackluster results, and has been accused of supporting terrorist organizations, like Hezbollah.
In light Iran’s actions, Trump
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