On Thursday reports came out that President Donald Trump will decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action treaty or as it is commonly know the Iran nuclear deal. This leads to the question of weather or not we should pull out of the deal entirely. First, what is the deal? In exchange for the United States and other western countries lifting sanctions against Iran, Iran would get rid of most of its uranium and the machines that process that uranium into material to make a bomb. Iran would also only use nuclear power for research energy.
On the surface this seems like a win-win for both sides. Iran, with the lifting of sanctions, gets to rebuild their economy and rejoin the rest of the world on equal footing. The United States and Europe get the peace of mind that there is one less possible nuclear threat. While the rest of the world singed off on the deal, the United States congress never ratified the treaty. This means that the President must inform congress about whether or not Iran is living up to their end of the deal and re-certify the treaty. If he doesn’t, it falls to congress to decide what should be done. Do they scrap the deal entirely or continue on with it?
There are many people who feel Iran has fooled everyone and is continuing on with their nuclear programs to develop a weapon. They feel this is a foolish deal and for the country’s safety, the United States must pull out. It’s President Trump’s responsibility to protect this country, and many believe that he can renegotiate a new deal that will benefit the country more.
The people who support this deal feel that is enough to keep us in it, and point out that by all accounts, including the United States own inspections, the Iranians are living up to their end of the deal. However, they have other reasons for wanting to maintain the deal too. They look to North Korea and wonder how we can reach any kind of deal with them if we will not keep the one we established with Iran. They perceive that the President Trump hates President Obama so much that he would do anything to destroy his legacy and this agreement is one of his top foreign policy achievements. Supporters of the agreement also point out that members of the president’s own national security team, such as Secretary of Defense James Mattis, think we should keep this deal.
These are dangerous times and a mistake in foreign policy could be a disaster for the world. The Iran nuclear deal is a complicated issue and must be looked at from both sides.
In this clip, CBS News covers the president’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal and what will happen next.
Should the United States pull out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or, as it is more commonly known, the Iran nuclear deal? Is this deal a danger for the world, or is the United States going back on its word?
In support of pulling out of the Iran deal
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) October 5, 2017
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 5, 2017
Anyone who supports re-certifying the #IranNuclearDeal is anti-american. This deal is a disaster, and I am glad that our #President not only recognizes that fact, but is willing to do something about it. No one can ever accuse him of being all talk and no action! #AmericaFirst
— Rhonda Kazmierski (@KazmierskiR) October 5, 2017
We TRUST our President!
— IleanaBarkus (@ileanabarkus) October 5, 2017
In opposition to pulling out of the Iran deal
Folks, this is not good. Really not good. All to spite Obama. Good luck getting new deal now that US word is trash. https://t.co/WWSk7rQAf7
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) October 5, 2017
— Dr. Jill Stein? (@DrJillStein) October 5, 2017
Dunford, last week: “Iran is adhering to” deal
Mattis, this week: “yes” in US national security interest to keep Iran Deal
Trump, next week: Deal not in the national interest of the UShttps://t.co/1sAI8C78KU
— Samantha Power (@SamanthaJPower) October 5, 2017
Outrageous! Trump hates the 1st black President so much he would push us towards nuclear war just to undo his legacyhttps://t.co/8w6HgIyhKw
— Jonathan Riley (@JonRiley7) October 5, 2017
What do you think? Should the United States should withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal?