(National Sentinel) Winning: President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday announced the United States would be pulling out of the so-called “nuclear deal” with Iran in another dismantling of an Obama-era foreign policy accomplishment.
“As President of the United States, my highest obligation is to ensure the safety and security of the American people,” Trump began in remarks at the White House this afternoon.
“History has shown that the longer we ignore a threat, the more dangerous that threat becomes. For this reason, upon taking office, I’ve ordered a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran. That review is now complete.
“Today, I am announcing our strategy, along with several major steps we are taking to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions and to ensure that Iran never, and I mean never, acquires a nuclear weapon,” he said.
Earlier in the day Trump contacted several European allies and Chinese President Xi Jinping to inform them of his decision.
European countries had made a last-ditch effort to convince him to remain a part of the deal, but Trump said as the deal currently stands there is no way the U.S. can remain a part of it.
Referring to Tehran’s theocratic government as a “terrorist regime,” Trump recounted a series of events beginning with the Islamic revolution in 1979 in which Iran has either harmed or otherwise worked against U.S. national security interests.
That included taking dozens of hostages that year, as well as bombings and other direct actions against U.S. military personnel and American civilians over the years.
“The Iranian dictatorship’s aggression continues to this day. The regime remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, and provides assistance to al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist networks,” he said.
“It develops, deploys, and proliferates missiles that threaten American troops and our allies. It harasses American ships and threatens freedom of navigation in the Arabian Gulf and in the Red Sea. It imprisons Americans on false charges. And it launches cyberattacks against our critical infrastructure, financial system, and military,” Trump added.
He also noted that he has often said the Iran deal was “horrible” for the country. On Tuesday he repeated that statement, adding that the deal was put together by people with “the same mindset” as those who have made equally destructive trade deals in the past.
“What is the purpose of a deal that, at best, only delays Iran’s nuclear capability for a short period of time? This, as President of the United States, is unacceptable. In other countries, they think in terms of 100-year intervals, not just a few years at a time,” said the president.
“The saddest part of the deal for the United States is that all of the money was paid up front, which is unheard of, rather than at the end of the deal when they have shown they’ve played by the rules. But what’s done is done, and that’s why we are where we are,” he noted further.
Trump also went through a litany of violations of the agreement Iran is alleged to have engaged in.
“For example, on two separate occasions, they have exceeded the limit of 130 metric tons of heavy water. Until recently, the Iranian regime has also failed to meet our expectations in its operation of advanced centrifuges,” he said.
“The Iranian regime has also intimidated international inspectors into not using the full inspection authorities that the agreement calls for,” Trump added.
“Iranian officials and military leaders have repeatedly claimed they will not allow inspectors onto military sites, even though the international community suspects some of those sites were part of Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program.”
Trump said he has ordered the Intelligence Community to focus on any nuclear cooperation between Iran and North Korea, even as he and his administration prepare to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un later this month or early next month for a historic summit that will focus on lasting peace and denuclearization.
He also said the U.S. would reimpose “tough sanctions” on Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards and the country in general.
“We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout,” said the president. “We hope that these new measures directed at the Iranian dictatorship will compel the government to reevaluate its pursuit of terror at the expense of its people.”
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