Iran’s shady Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spent today attempting to warn President Trump not to exit the nuclear deal as there is no “plan B.” The original nuclear deal was enacted by President Obama to curb Iran’s ability to obtain nuclear weapons; in exchange for lifting crippling sanctions on the country, Iran promised to open itself up to international inspections and limit uranium enrichment. Well, three years later and all the “nuclear deal” did was provide a massive book to Iran’s economy while not actually allowing the US to inspect their nuclear sites, paving the way for Iran to continue its nuclear ambitions “legally”.
Obviously, this terrible deal is seen by many, President Donald Trump included, as being lenient and ineffective and against US interests. Also – obviously – Iran LOVES the deal. It comes as no surprise that Zarif is fighting tooth and nail to keep it.
“It is either all or nothing. European leaders should encourage Trump not just to stay in the nuclear deal, but more important to begin implementing his part of the bargain in good faith,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.
Under Iran’s settlement with the United States, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear program to satisfy the powers that it could not be used to develop atomic bombs. In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.
Trump has given the European signatories a May 12 deadline to “fix the terrible flaws” of the 2015 nuclear deal, or he will refuse to extend U.S. sanctions relief on Iran.
French President Emmanuel Macron said in a Fox News Sunday interview he has no “plan B” for the deal and the United States should stay in the agreement as long as there is no better option.
“President Macron is correct in saying there is no “plan B” on JCPOA,” Zarif Tweeted. The JCPOA or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is the formal name of the accord.
Iran has said it will stick to the accord as long as the other parties respect it, but will “shred” the deal if Washington pulls out.