Donald Trump tells Iran that they shouldn’t even think of restarting their nuclear program if he withdraws from the lousy deal Obama signed without Senate oversight. He did say that he might accept a reworked deal rather than start from scratch.
He has been discussing it with Macron of France. Macron still thinks the present deal is a good one even though there is no oversight, meaning Iran could be working on nuclear weapons and no one has the ability to check it out. We have to take their word on it. The president made it clear that Iran would be heading for big trouble if they restart the program.
Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel will never let Iran get nuclear weapons.
President Trump said:
“You can mark it down. If they restart their nuclear program they will have bigger problems than they ever had before.”
“It was a terrible deal. It should have never, ever been made. We made this terrible deal but we’re going to discuss it.”
“We’re looking forward to doing something but it has to be done and it has to be done strongly. We’re fairly close to understanding each other. Our one on one went very well.”
It was a lousy deal when Obama approved it and it’s still lousy today. Once the deal is over, Iran can build their nuclear weapons. They have already violated the agreement with several missile tests and if they are doing that in plain sight, what could they be hiding from the world.
Macron and other European leaders want Trump to remain in the Iran deal, calling it the best hope to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.
They fear that if Trump refuses to extend sanctions relief, it could torpedo the deal and Iran could resume its nuclear activities. The president faces a May 12 deadline to make a decision.
Macron suggested the deal is an important piece of Western efforts to contain Iran’s influence in the Middle East.
Despite the howls of the Democratic Party Resistance, Trump is right that the Iran deal is “an embarrassment to the United States.” In fact, it’s the most deficient accord in the history of American arms control diplomacy. Many aspects of it require reconsideration, and none more essential than its research and development provisions.
To realistically obstruct Iran’s path to nuclear arms, Washington must first deny it the technology most essential for the production of such weapons. No renegotiation will be complete without first undoing Salehi’s ingenious achievement.