Last year, on this day in 2006, the international nuclear deal with Iran went into effect. JCPOA is basically gone six years later, and attempts to achieve a successor accord are going nowhere quickly. As a consequence, the danger to national security is becoming more and more clear.
Joe Biden’s aides are keen to identify the culprits behind this catastrophe, according to Politico.
Former President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the White House said Wednesday, is what has led to a country on the cusp of developing an atom weapon. After a series of failed negotiations between the United States and Iran to resuscitate the agreement, Trump was widely criticised.
According to White House spokesman Jen Psaki, the president is “quite pleased” with what’s going on in terms of diplomacy. Is she eager to put the current events in their proper context?
None of what we’re seeing now — Iran’s increased capability and capacity, their aggressive actions through proxy wars around the world — would have happened if Trump hadn’t recklessly pulled out of the nuclear deal with no thought of what might come next, according to Psaki, the former White House press secretary.
“Because the former president tore up the nuclear agreement, Iran’s nuclear programme was no longer contained, it no longer had the most thorough inspection regime ever negotiated, and it no longer had the tight restrictions on nuclear activity…. And if you look at that step and the impact of that… Iran’s programme has been quickly increasing as a result of the previous administration’s withdrawal from the nuclear accord.”
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The fact that this is true is a bonus.
According to Joe Cirincione, a world-renowned nuclear diplomat, international negotiators are now trying to “undo” Trump’s decision “to leave an agreement that had effectively shrunk Iran’s programme, frozen it for a generation, and put it under lock and camera,” as NBC News reported last spring.
In my opinion, this is a fact that is unappreciated. According to what we’ve learned so far, the Iran agreement accomplished what it set out to: It severely limited Tehran’s nuclear goals and put up a strict system of monitoring and verification. Iran’s nuclear development was put on hold indefinitely after all parties involved agreed that the participants were upholding their half of the deal.
Then Trump became president.
During Trump’s first months in office, he convened a long White House meeting with members of his national security team to discuss the Iran agreement. In the end, all of Trump’s advisers agreed that he should keep the current JCPOA policy in place.