President Donald J. Trump has been a vocal detractor of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal made with the U.S. under the Obama administration and six other nations. Addressing rumors that President Trump plans to “scrap the deal,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told CNN that America would pay a high price if he does.
The agreement, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was struck between Iran and the United States, Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany. Iran agreed that it would cut back on its nuclear development efforts in exchange for relief from most sanctions.
Rouhani was a “key architect of the 2015 nuclear agreement with the United States, the European Union and other partners,” CNN reports.
According to reports, President Trump has indicated a desire to withdraw certification of the Iran deal. In October, he will decide whether to certify that Iran is complying with the JCPOA agreement. If he does not certify it, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal.
While withdrawing certification would not end the agreement directly, it would provide a way for the US to impose the sanctions, violating the deal and potentially leading to its undoing.
Rouhani spoke to CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday, ahead of the seventy-first session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where President Trump is expected to speak out against the Iran deal on Tuesday.
“Exiting such an agreement would carry a high cost for the United States of America,” Rouhani said. “I do not believe Americans would be willing to pay such a high cost for something that will be useless for them.”
Rouhani said that if the Trump administration seeks to end the agreement, it would yield “no results for the United States.” Yet such and act would “generally decrease and cut away and chip away at international trust placed in the United States of America.”
On Thursday, speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One while moving between Washington D.C., and Florida –where he was assessing Hurricane Irma damage — President Trump called the JCPOA agreement “one of the worst deals I have ever seen.” It was not the first time the president had labeled it as such.
“You’ll see what I’m going to be doing very shortly in October,” Trump reportedly said. “But I will say this, the Iran deal is one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen, certainly at a minimum, the spirit of the deal is just atrociously kept. But the Iran deal is not a fair deal to this country. It’s a deal that should have never ever been made. And you’ll see what we’re doing in a couple of weeks.”
Trump reportedly said the US is “not going to stand for what they (Iran) are doing,” and said they had “violated so many different elements” of the deal. He promised “very evident” action on the deal in October.
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