WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump is, according to multiple sources, preparing to decertify the Iran nuclear deal come an Oct. 15 deadline. According to the Washington Examiner, it will then be up to Congress to decide whether to scrap the deal and reimpose sanctions on the Iranian regime or to preserve it and take other necessary measures to address its flaws.
The deal that ultimately rewarded the Iranian theocracy with hundreds of billions of dollars, infamously delivered in pallets of cash currencies in secret, and legitimized nuclear development efforts by Iranian ayatollahs that pose existential threats to Israel and other American allies.
“The question now is what this move means for Iranian regime, and how its leaders will react? Iranian officials have threatened to walk away from the deal and the enrichment of uranium on several reprises in the past months as Trump intensified the tough talk against the accord’s failures and Tehran’s unlawful ventures.
But in the past week, those threats are starting to sound more and more hollow as Iran’s foreign minister and other top officials have reiterated Tehran’s adherence to the accord and tried to win the favor of European countries in the standoff against the U.S. The truth is that the Iranian regime doesn’t want to give up the benefits it has reaped from the inherent flaws of the nuclear deal, including the legitimization of its uranium enrichment program, the overlooking of its ballistic missile development and a porous inspections program that fails to verify all aspects of its nuclear activities.
Previously, the signatories of the deal had given Iran’s rulers tacit approval, and a lot of cash, to do as they will as long as they remained in material compliance of the nuclear deal. Fearing that Iran would walk away from the deal, the Obama administration and the European countries involved in the deal were loath to revisit any of its flaws or to address Iran’s other nefarious deeds, including its terrorist intervention in Middle Eastern countries and its gross human rights violations at home.
In many ways, the deal had become too big to fail, and preserving it had become more important than the goal it was supposed to achieve, which was to block Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb and to help promote peace and stability.
The results of this failed approach have so far been 3,000 executions in Iran during the first tenure of President Hassan Rouhani (who is touted by Western politicians as a moderate) and a spike in sectarian violence in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, where Iran has been supplying its proxies with troops, weapons, and money.”
Trump’s clear break with the appeasement policy of his predecessor sets the stage for, at the very least, correcting the gaping mistakes in the Iran Nuclear Deal and preventing one of the world’s leading sponsors of terrorism from obtaining nuclear weapons capability. After all, the deal merely limited Iran’s progress toward their goal of nuclear blackmail instead of blocking their ability to hold the world hostage.
The deal falling apart increases the possibility of increased sanctions enacted by congress, likely Iranian leaders’ worst fear.
Despite recent reports of Iranian missile launches in violation of the deal, monitors have assured Western nations that Iran has remained within the confines of the arrangement and perhaps demonstrated just how bad the deal was to begin with.
Regardless of whether they have violated its terms or not, it is important to note the cozy military and technological relationship Iran enjoys with North Korea. The communist regime, which has been threatening the region and world with its recent nuclear and missile tests, has shared its technology and weapons systems with Iran over the decades.
Iran’s current intermediate range missiles are already repackaged and modified versions of missiles developed by the North Koreans. Intelligence experts estimate that Iran’s weapons capabilities are never far behind those of North Korea, making the Iranian nuclear deal even more worrisome as North Korea demonstrates increasing nuclear and intercontinental missile threats.