Iran Refuses to Accept Trump’s New Nuclear Deal Proposal

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

The Iranian regime reacted sharply on Saturday against the changes in the nuclear deal proposed by the U.S. President Donald Trump.

Iran said in a statement that it will not move beyond its commitments in Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and will accept no change in the letter and spirit of the nuclear accord.

Trump has threatened to decertify the 2015 Iran nuclear deal signed by his predecessor President Barack Obama.

In a White House statement of Friday, Trump said that the Iranian regime is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, as it enables Hezbollah, Hamas, and many other terrorists to sow chaos and kill innocent people.

“Within Iran, the Supreme Leader and his Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps use mass arrests and torture to oppress and silence Iran’s people. Iran’s ruling elite has let their citizens go hungry while enriching themselves by stealing Iran’s national wealth,” Trump said.

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“We have sanctioned nearly 100 individuals and entities involved with the Iranian regime’s ballistic missile program and its other illicit activities. Today, I am adding 14 more to the sanctions list,” Trump said.

He added that the U.S. supports the brave Iranian citizens who are demanding change from a corrupt regime that wastes the Iranian people’s money on weapons systems at home and terrorism abroad.

Trump also blamed President Obama saying that he failed to act as the Iranian people took to the streets in 2009. “He (Obama) turned a blind eye as Iran built and tested dangerous missiles and exported terror. He curried favor with the Iranian regime in order to push through the disastrously flawed Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said in the White House statement.

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“I have been very clear about my opinion of that deal. It gave Iran far too much in exchange for far too little. The enormous financial windfall the Iranian regime received because of the deal—access to more than $100 billion, including $1.8 billion in cash—has not been used to better the lives of the Iranian people,” Trump said.

Instead, he said, it has served as a slush fund for weapons, terror, and oppression, and to further line the pockets of corrupt regime leaders. The Iranian people know this, which is one reason why so many have taken to the streets to express their outrage.

“Despite my strong inclination, I have not yet withdrawn the United States from the Iran nuclear deal. Instead, I have outlined two possible paths forward: either fix the deal’s disastrous flaws, or the United States will withdraw,” Trump said.

He said he is open to working with Congress on bipartisan legislation regarding Iran. But, he said, any bill I sign must include four critical components.

First, it must demand that Iran allow immediate inspections at all sites requested by international inspectors.

Second, it must ensure that Iran never even comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.

Third, unlike the nuclear deal, these provisions must have no expiration date. My policy is to deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon—not just for ten years, but forever.

If Iran does not comply with any of these provisions, American nuclear sanctions would automatically resume.

Fourth, the legislation must explicitly state in United States law—for the first time—that long-range missile and nuclear weapons programs are inseparable, and that Iran’s development and testing of missiles should be subject to severe sanctions.

Meanwhile, Russia has condemned Trump’s decision saying it is extremely negative. Germany and France prefer full implementation of the deal.

The Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran and a group of world powers including the U.S., the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, Germany, and the European Union. The deal aimed to stop Iran from making nuclear weapons.

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