Monday, November 14, 2016

Could Trump trash the Iran deal? Yes, but it's complicated

Photo: Evan Vucci, AP
President-elect Donald Trump has mocked and decried the nuclear deal the Obama administration negotiated with Iran ever since he started running for president.
In September 2015, Trump said he would “renegotiate” the agreement, reached two months earlier, which curtailed Iran’s nuclear program to peaceful activities in return for the lifting of crippling sanctions over time. Last month, Trump said Iran "should write us a letter of thank you" for "the stupidest deal of all time." Vice President-elect Mike Pence said the deal would be “ripped up” after consultation with U.S. allies.
So, could Trump shred it if he wants to?
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani
Yes, State Department spokesman Mark Toner confirms. "The agreement is valid only as long as all parties uphold it," he said Wednesday.
The threats from Trump and his team were enough to prompt Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to issue statements about the future of the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA. It cannot be changed by one government’s decision, Rouhani insisted Wednesday.
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