The current president of the United States has just announced that the country will officially withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran Nuclear Deal.
French President Emmanuel Macron, Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Former Secretary of State John Kerry, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Russian officials, and the entire European Union have all denounced the move, calling it “dangerous and impulsive.”
“The last thing America and the world need right now is a new nuclear threat. Breaking this deal increases the danger that Iran will restart its nuclear weapons program, which threatens our ally, Israel, and destabilizes the entire Middle East.” – Dick Durban
National Security Advisor John Bolton addressed reporters following the president’s announcement and argued that the decision has strategic importance as it relates to the upcoming meeting between the U.S. president and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un:
“The decision is very clear, it’s a firm statement of American resolve to prevent not only Iran from getting nuclear weapons but ballistic missile delivery capability, it limits its continued support of terrorism, and it’s causing instability and turmoil in the Middle East. I think the President also laid out what comes next, as he said at the end, he’s prepared to look at discussions on a much broader resolution of the maligned behavior that we see from Iran. Another aspect of the withdraw that was announced today was to establish positions of strength for the United States and it will have implications not simply for Iran but the forthcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un in North Korea, sends a very clear signal that the United States will not accept inadequate deals.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has responded to the decision by reminding the U.S. that the JCPOA was a multilateral, international agreement endorsed and sanctified by the United Nations, and that by withdrawing, the U.S. has “failed to live up to its international commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”
Rouhani said that Iran will continue to honor the agreement with the five remaining signatories, but will need time to consider their official response to the U.S.’s decision.
Click here to listen to Mehdi Hasan tear apart the president’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA as well as a list of the little-talked-about Israeli officials who support the JCPOA.