Trump Admin Considers Taking Action Against Iran

Were President Trump to withdraw America from the nuclear deal with Iran or at least from parts of it, that would likely involve the re-imposition of sanctions, something sure to infuriate the Iranians.

This is what it could look like:

The Trump administration is considering re-imposing a massive set of economic sanctions on Iran that were lifted by the Obama administration as part of the landmark nuclear agreement that gave Tehran billions in economic support, according to U.S. officials who told the Washington Free Beacon that Iran's military buildup and disregard for international law could prompt U.S. reprisal.

The question hinges on whether the Iranians are reneging on the nuclear deal negotiate by the Obama administration, as well as whether the deal was really just an act of caving in to the Iranians in the first place.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress in a letter sent Tuesday that Iran is complying with requirements for its nuclear program imposed under the nuclear accord. However, Tillerson emphasized that Iran continues to be the world's leading state sponsor of terror.

So Tillerson believes that Iran is behaving when it comes to nuclear matters, but is otherwise the foremost nation in the world when it comes to promoting terrorism.

Tehran's malign activities across the Middle East and elsewhere have prompted the Trump administration to place all aspects of the nuclear agreement under critical review, which is viewed by some as a first step to nixing some controversial aspects of the accord, including the massive sanctions relief package.

U.S. officials familiar with the review told the Free Beacon that Iran's continued support for terrorism has become a sticking point for the Trump administration as it reviews the agreement and the previous administration's policy toward Iran.

The point here is that Trump believes that Iran's promotion of terrorist groups worldwide is so profound that the agreement lifting economic sanctions must be revisited as some disincentive must be imposed to discourage Iran's terrorist supporting activities.

Obama administration officials, while selling the nuclear deal to Congress, vowed that Iran would roll back its nefarious activities if it received relief from sanctions.

Tillerson informed Congress this has not happened. After receiving billions in cash assets and other economic relief, Iran invested heavily in its military and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which continues to meddle in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and a host of other countries.

“Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods,” Tillerson told Congress. “President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States.”

The implication is that Iran has simply used a poorly conceived and implemented agreement, one fashioned by the Obama administration, as a tool for building up military assets and promoting terrorist activities throughout the area. A set of activities the Trump administration intends to curtail.

Source: Washington Free Beacon



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