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Excerpt: "The Trump administration is weighing whether to effectively break the terms of a landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Tuesday."

Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal outside the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 9, 2015. (photo: Susan Walsh/AP)
Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal outside the Capitol in Washington, Sept. 9, 2015. (photo: Susan Walsh/AP)


Tillerson: Trump Administration Orders Review of Iran Nuclear Deal Sanctions

By Andrea Mitchell and Phil Helsel, NBC News

19 April 17

 

he Trump administration is weighing whether to effectively break the terms of a landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said late Tuesday.

While campaigning for president, Donald Trump repeatedly called the agreement "the worst deal ever negotiated." Contradictory statements as to whether Trump would scrap it entirely or simply vigilantly enforce it raised questions about how he would proceed once in office.

Tillerson notified Congress that despite finding that Iran is in compliance with the agreement, the White House is looking at whether the U.S. should break with the deal because of Iran's continued support of terrorism.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the secretary of state said that "Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods."

The six powers that negotiated the deal which went into effect in January 2016 — the U.S., China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom, with involvement from the European Union — set aside Iran's alleged support for terrorism in order to get a deal guaranteeing that Iran would not be able to build a nuclear weapon for a decade and would remain under the eye of U.N. inspectors.

Although billions of dollars of Iran's assets were unfrozen as a result of the negotiations, U.S. sanctions against Iran because of their support of terrorism were not considered to be part of the agreement.

The certification of Iran's compliance, which must be sent to Congress every 90 days, is the first issued by the Trump administration. The deadline for the certification was midnight.

The review specifically looks at whether sanctions relief granted Iran through the deal is in the U.S. national interest. Trump would work with Congress once the inter-agency review is complete, Tillerson said.

At the time the deal was reached, Trump called the Iran deal "terrible" and said it would "lead to nuclear Holocaust."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized the deal. He said in July of 2015 that "Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons."

Former president Obama has said the deal will make the world safer and more secure.

"Iran will not get its hands on a nuclear bomb," he said in January of 2016 after the deal was implemented.

At the time, Obama said that Iran's current uranium stockpile is 2 percent of what it was before the agreement, and the country has removed two-thirds of its centrifuges.

After the International Atomic Energy Agency verified in January of 2016 that Iran was in compliance with terms to scale back its nuclear program, some international sanctions were lifted.

The sanctions drastically reduced crude oil exports from Iran. Since the sanctions have been lifted, oil exports from Iran to India have surged, Reuters reported in February.

Iran was exempted from an OPEC deal to reduce output by 1.2 million barrels per day starting Jan. 1, a victory for Tehran which argued it needs to regain the market share it lost during sanctions.

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+8 # CDMR 2017-04-19 15:20
Actually, I welcome this. It will be one more failure for Trump/Pence and Tillerson. They failed on Obamacare repeal/replace. The bombing of Syria proved to be worthless. The MOAB was a dud, just bombing the desert. Tillerson's trip to the G7 and to Russia failed on all fronts. Pence looked and sounded stupid in Korea and Japan. He had nothing of substance to say.

So the Trump team will fail on the Iran agreement and discover that this is actually a good deal for the US, given the fact that Iran was not making a nuclear weapon in the first place.

Iran is not a sponsor of terrorism. Its support for Syria and Lebanon is legitimate self defense. In contrast the billions of dollars the US gives to Israel is support for terrorism. Israel supports ISIS and al Qaeda.

All of the Teaparty hot button issues that Trump promised to pursue are and were fake issues. They existed only to whip the teaparty followers into a frenzy. So Trump will fail on all of them.
 
 
+3 # John Escher 2017-04-20 08:34
Quoting CDMR:
Actually, I welcome this. It will be one more failure for Trump/Pence and Tillerson. They failed on Obamacare repeal/replace. The bombing of Syria proved to be worthless. The MOAB was a dud, just bombing the desert. Tillerson's trip to the G7 and to Russia failed on all fronts. Pence looked and sounded stupid in Korea and Japan. He had nothing of substance to say.

So the Trump team will fail on the Iran agreement and discover that this is actually a good deal for the US, given the fact that Iran was not making a nuclear weapon in the first place.

Iran is not a sponsor of terrorism. Its support for Syria and Lebanon is legitimate self defense. In contrast the billions of dollars the US gives to Israel is support for terrorism. Israel supports ISIS and al Qaeda.

All of the Teaparty hot button issues that Trump promised to pursue are and were fake issues. They existed only to whip the teaparty followers into a frenzy. So Trump will fail on all of them.


A cogent little essay. So thank you for it. But the Trumpsters shouldn't mess with this agreement in the first place. But most likely will since this is their perverse nature.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2017-04-20 18:33
I hope you're right, but sooner or later Trump is going to succeed at something, if only accidently. This deal is too important for them to be messing around with.

Come to think of it, they have already succeeded at a few things. The allowed states to defund Planned Parenthood. They repealed the net neutrality rules. I think there was something else, but I can't recall it right now.
 
 
+9 # Radscal 2017-04-19 15:20
Let us not forget that Iran is the crowing "jewel" (as Bill Kristol wrote last week) in the NeoCon plan to destroy 7 Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Syria were to come first.

And let us not forget that HRC fought AGAINST Obama's part in the deal with Iran, which is why it was not completed until she was out of office. Further, she campaigned on working with Netanyahu (not a signatory of the deal) to decide when they would claim Iran broke the deal, and then unilaterally respond with military force.

THIS is an issue we need to be focusing on. We must stop the US from unilaterally acting in opposition to the wishes of the "international community" and we must end these "regime change" wars for the 0.01%.
 
 
-2 # Robbee 2017-04-20 16:45
Quoting Radscal 2017-04-19 15:20:
And let us not forget that HRC fought AGAINST Obama's part in the deal with Iran, which is why it was not completed until she was out of office. Further, she campaigned on working with Netanyahu (not a signatory of the deal) to decide when they would claim Iran broke the deal, and then unilaterally respond with military force.

- how does rad spin review of nuke sanctions by the prez rad supported? the prez who said he would tear-up and renegotiate the worst treaty ever?

with rump in place iranians need only fear regime change? - so personal safety is assured?

it's great to learn that, now hill is safely bumped off? iranians can live happily ever after?

what does rump have to do, to make iranians feel any better protected? - let us pray that rump only bombs assad and isis? - whatever rump does, peace-like or warlike, rest assured rad will scare us with bogey-hill? - so we too can, by sheer contrast, live happily ever after?
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2017-04-20 18:35
He did not support Trump. You are rewriting history. He didn't support either of them.
 
 
0 # Radscal 2017-04-20 22:35
Thanks, lfeuille. It knows though, and is just seeking to cause me anguish by taunting me about my loved ones in Iran.

Proving that HRC was its perfect candidate.
 
 
+3 # CDMR 2017-04-19 20:14
Obama had pretty strong backing from the P5+1 (France, Germany and the United Kingdom). Essentially, they all ganged up against Iran on Obama's behalf. I don't think Trump/Tillerson will get that kind of support. Tillerson got the cold shoulder at the G7 meeting when he wanted more sanctions on Russia.

Trump is acting as Netanyahoo's poodle. Netanyahoo is a charter member of the neo-cons, many of whom are dual US-Israeli citizens. Though Trump is a new convert to neo-con extremism, I think the tide of European leaders is turning away from the neo-cons. They may not get their war against Iran.
 
 
0 # Radscal 2017-04-20 12:57
Yes, the G7 (and some other UN countries) are resisting the AAZ Empire on some fronts. From what I hear and read, most Iranians welcomed the nuclear deal, though. The US was the one dragged into participating.

Iranians are not pleased that the US has not abided by it (continuing sanctions, threats of new ones and claiming the authority to unilaterally act if they claim Iran broke the agreement). But they're overall thrilled at this step to be welcomed back into the "International Community."

Not on this deal, but I came across this vlog from a young British woman who recently visited Iran and is seeking to dispel the myths about this beautiful country and its beautiful people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-JvQ7zy_aE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrW5F45ibJM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ku8_1ykpI1E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zElp-9YHY0U
 
 
+1 # Jim Rocket 2017-04-19 23:59
Netanyahu sees himself is the king of the Middle East...but that pesky Iran is standing in his way. Fortunately for him Donald Trump is now President. Trump will show those Iranians what state terror really means.
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-04-20 13:25
Jim Rocket -- why is no one complaining about Israel's nuclear bombs? If you want a nuclear free middle east -- as they all say they do -- then you have to start with Israel. Iran is not building a nuclear bomb. It has always said it will not build one. But Israel may have as many as 400 bombs.
 
 
+1 # Radscal 2017-04-20 17:17
Yes. Including nukes on missiles that can be launched from their fleet of German-built super-stealthy submarines. It's an open secret that Israel has at least one sub off of Iran's coast 24/7, but they are far more stealthy than any nuclear sub, and no one else really knows where the others are at any given time.

"Samson Option" anyone?
 

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