President Trump Decertified Obama-Era Deal With Iran On Nuclear Weapons

by Sanders Jett-Folk

On October 13th, President Donald Trump announced the decertification of the 2015 nuclear deal that the US made with Iran, without entirely pulling out of the deal. [1]

The deal was composed and then agreed upon by the US and Iran on July 14, 2015, under the guidance of former President Barack Obama. The deal, often seen as one of Obama’s signature accomplishments as President, was designed to keep Iran from having the capabilities to create a nuclear weapon. Iran, on the other hand, claimed that their nuclear operations were peaceful. [2]

In the speech at the White House where he announced the deal’s decertification, Trump claimed that Iran has committed “multiple violations of the agreement.” He claimed that international inspectors were “intimidated” by the Iranian government, and claimed that Obama lifted sanctions on Iran during his tenure as President. [1]

Trump then warned in his speech that he would terminate the deal if he did not see sufficient changes. “In the event we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then the agreement will be terminated. It is under continuous review and our participation can be canceled by me as President at any time.” [1]

On October 15th, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went against Trump’s view on the matter. He stated that it was in the best interest of the US to stay in the deal with Iran. In an interview with CNN, he said “Let’s see if we cannot address the flaws in the agreement by staying within the agreement, working with the other signatories, working with our European friends and allies within the agreement.” Tillerson also stated that Secretary of Defense James Mattis agreed with his position on the subject. [3]

Sophomore Jason Escobar said “I think we should stay in the nuclear deal. We’re already dealing with the possibility of nuclear war with North Korea, so we shouldn’t take any chances.”

Junior Michael Thomas said “I’m glad that Trump decertified the deal. It was a terrible deal to begin with, and Iran wasn’t following it. The Obama administration never should’ve agreed to it. We need a better deal.”

Junior Ben Tekin said “The Iran deal was never good. Obama negotiated a very poor deal. I think we need to place more sanctions on Iran to keep them from developing nuclear weapons.”

With nuclear threats such as North Korea on the rise, the US needs to think very carefully about how it deals with Iran and other nuclear-armed nations that may wish to do us harm.



[1] http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/13/politics/iran-deal-decertify/index.html

[2] https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheet/Timeline-of-Nuclear-Diplomacy-With-Iran

[3] http://thehill.com/policy/international/355508-tillerson-staying-in-the-iran-deal-in-best-interest-of-the-us