The Iran Nuclear Deal

Claudia Smithie, Reporter

A couple of weeks ago, Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal. Despite the European diplomats’ efforts to convince him that it could throw the West into a dispute with Tehran again. According to the diplomats, this action will be the gravest consequential national security decision of Trump’s fifteen months in office. The trade maintained that the West would end three decades of sanctions and isolation of Tehran that had crushed the country’s economy and triggered domestic impatience with its clerical leaders. In return, Iran agreed to ship 97% of its nuclear fuel out of the country and stop its production of nuclear fuel for peaceful, as well as political, purposes. The Iran negotiation was the foremost foreign policy accomplishment under the Obama administration. Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump called this policy a “disaster” and “insane”. It took over two and a half years to settle the deal. The deal ensured Iran would

be able to create as much fuel as it wanted, so long as it wasn’t helping the weapons industry. President Trump, however, insisted that the agreement simply put off the day when Iran would become a nuclear-armed state. He also said that it failed to agreeTehran’s expanding missile capability, which was all funded by the money Iranian’s received from the deal. It was unclear whether America’s three major allies – Britain, France, and Germany – would be allowed to maintain economic relations with Tehran without penalisation. Even though Trump claims he can push Iran into a new negotiation after the original one had been destroyed, diplomats have accepted the reality that any deal the U.S. had with Iran is now over. If Trump were to back out of the accord, Iran would rightfully claim that Washington was the first to violate it, leaving Iran free to resume fuel production. The decision is in the hands of the President. If he is willing to reimpose American sanctions on Iran, thereby holding up America’s commitments, it would allow time for further negotiation. Iran can either choose to start producing more nuclear substances or abide by the deal, widening the gap between the U.S and its European allies.