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Trump Withdraws US From Iran Deal, Reimposes Sanctions: Here's What's Next

09 May 2018

For existing contracts between American companies and Iranian entities, a wind-down period will be introduced by the U.S. Department of Treasury later Tuesday for guidance. And it let Tehran keep developing ever-more-deadly and longer-range missiles. After years of a sustained, highly coordinated campaign of sanctions backed by most of the world, the economic pressure forced Iran to come to the negotiating table. And that North Korea will stay there. The so-called European-Three (E3)-Germany, France, and the United Kingdom-expressed their disappointment in Trump's decision. He says this is the argument they'll make, "I told you so, I told you, you can't trust the United States".

Mike Pompeo and Kim Jong Un.

Still, the administration planned to allow a grace period of at least three months and possibly up to six months so that businesses and governments can wind down operations that would violate the re-imposed USA sanctions, officials said.

Obama administration veterans, the media and America's partners in the agreement are very critical of Trump decision, but he is earning wide praise from most congressional Republicans and conservative policy experts. As the world's largest economy and global military power, the administration bets other countries will do business with it - and bow to its demands when necessary. It also can request access to any other site deemed suspicious.

According to Bolton, President Trump along with European leaders are looking at whether this situation can be addressed as part of the overall effort to retrain Iran's behavior and that this analysis is on-going. Await more detail on U.S. plan'.

But Trump's approach is fraught with risk. Israel shot down an Iranian drone over Israeli territory earlier this year and has allegedly carried out countless airstrikes in Syria in recent years, allegedly to prevent Syrian weapons from reaching Iranian proxies like the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

The European Union's chief diplomat Federica Mogherini, who helped oversee the talks with Iran that led to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, insisted the accord "is delivering on its goal which is guaranteeing that Iran doesn't develop nuclear weapons".

Moments after Trump's announcement, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani suggested his country would continue to abide by the agreement while adding that it was now an accord between Iran and the five other countries participating - not the U.S.

Still, Rouhani made a point of stressing that Iran, at any time, could resume its nuclear program.

In an e-mailed statement, General Electric Co. said it would "adapt our activities as necessary to conform with these changes in U.S. law". "If anything, pulling out of the deal and talking about regime change will undermine Iranian moderates and result in a government that is less to USA liking".

Hayden, 73, a retired four-star Air Force general, told Newsmax that Trump left the accord exclusively because "it was President Obama's deal".

In the weeks leading to Tuesday's announcement, some of the same people who previously claimed the deal was the best we could possibly hope for suddenly became inventive in proposing means to fix it.

Trump - who enjoys close ties with Iran's foes Saudi Arabia and Israel - said he had consulted America's friends in the Middle East and concluded "that we can not prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement".

"Why would we want to relieve Iran of its commitments and restraints now rather than 10 to 15 years in the future?" rightly asks the Brookings Institution's Robert Einhorn, a former State Department special adviser on arms control. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Sen.

That's a high bar. But Trump said the deal was both too lenient and too narrow in scope, and failed to address Iran's involvement in regional conflicts. That means the USA target is actually the E3.

Trump Withdraws US From Iran Deal, Reimposes Sanctions: Here's What's Next