Trump Calls For A New Iran Nuclear Deal While Lying About The Old One
President Trump called for other world powers to abandon Iran’s nuclear accord, which he withdrew the U.S. from in 2018, following Iran’s strikes on American targets, according the ABC News.
Trump urged the countries that remain in the deal to seek negotiations over a new Iran nuclear deal, but attacked the existing one claiming it contained false information.
“Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism,” the president said at the White House. “The Time has come for the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China to recognize this reality. They must now break away from the remnants of the Iran deal -- or JCPOA -- and we must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place.”
Under JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), the U.S., alongside other countries and the United Nations, agreed to lift sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran accepting restrictions on its nuclear program. These restrictions included caps on enriched uranium, centrifuges, and inspections by a nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
However, Trump began reimposing sanctions in 2018 which led to Iran stockpiling more enriched uranium than the accords allowed for, installing centrifuges and operating them in unsupervised facilities.
The United Kingdom, France, and Germany have remained in the deal despite those developments because the IAEA inspections have continued and Iran has agreed to never pursue a nuclear weapon as a signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, or NPT.
“Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013 and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash,” Trump claimed on Wednesday.
The deal was signed in 2015, not 2013, and Iran was not given $150 billion, but had billions of its assets unfrozen. The U.S. Treasury put that figure close to $56 billion, while the Central Bank of Iran said it ended up around $35 billion after the country paid off its debts.
Furthermore, the Obama administration agreed to pay $1.7 billion to the Iranian government for military equipment that the U.S. government agreed to sell to the pro-Western Iranian government in the 1970s but had never delivered after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Trump expressed optimism for a new negotiation with Iran and a new deal, but Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Kahmenei has already said he will not negotiate with Trump. “I don’t consider him worthy of even exchanging messages with,” he told Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in June.