Iran Nuclear Deal
- 10/15/2017 by Linda Perry (WBAI NEWS)

Donald Trump, The White House
The latest target in Donald Trump’s so called “withdrawal doctrine,” the unmaking of deals done under the Obama administration, is the Iran nuclear deal.

It was introduced by the U.S. in the UN Security Council and adopted unanimously in 2015. The deal established a monitoring system for Iran’s nuclear program, with eventual removal of all nuclear-related sanctions against the country. It calls for the U.S. to recertify it every 90 days, which is a declaration that the deal is working and no further sanctions need be imposed. On Friday, Trump announced he won't pull out of the deal, which he had threatened, but he said he will not recertify the deal, kicking it over to Congress.

Trump spoke at the White House, “We cannot and will not make this certification We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout. That is why I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress to address the  serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons."

"None of us ever trusted the United States. The deal was not based on trust, it was based on mutual distrust," says Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. "The way Trump is handling it, it is widening the mistrust not only between Iran and the United States, but between the global community and the United States, where the United States is not just unpredictable, but unreliable." Zarif spoke Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation. He says this is not a bilateral treaty between Tehran and the United States, that if the U.S. is not going to uphold the Security Council resolution it introduced and upheld, then nobody else would trust the U.S. administration. “In order to bring United States on board, a lot of people make a lot of concessions. Now nobody is going to make concessions to the United States, because they know that U.S. President will say it was not enough. We’re not satisfied.”

The peace group Win Without War has a petition to tell Congress to save the nuclear deal. It's here. The group says, "The deal is a historic victory of international cooperation that was crafted after years of negotiations, and has completely blocked Iran from building a nuclear weapon. The agreement is also a victory for diplomacy, proving that we could resolve differences without resorting to war."

In addition to announcing he wouldn’t recertify the Iran Nuclear Deal, this week Trump pulled out of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and set out to unravel Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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