The Decertification of Iran Speech: Refuting Trump
Date Written: 18/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21440
Despite the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declaring each time it has reported - most recently in August 2017 - that Iran is in total compliance with its agreements in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Donald Trump has now carried through on his threat to decertify Iran.
Contrary to Trump's claim that the JCPOA is no longer beneficial to the safety and security of the American people, that it does not "contribute to 'regional and international peace and security,'" that too is sharply inconsistent with the message of both the American and the international military and intelligence communities. Secretary of Defense James Mattis told the senate armed services committee recently that the JCPOA is in the national security interest. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherinis said that "We cannot afford as the international community to dismantle a nuclear agreement that is working."
Trump ended his decertification speech with an appeal to the people of Iran that Trita Parsi called "The most insulting of Trumps lies". Trump promised in decertifying Iran to "stand in total solidarity" with the people of Iran. But those are the same people who Trump's sanctions and proposed sanctions are crushing. Their the same people whom Trump is banning from entering the United States. And they are the same people who deeply do not want Trump to decertify Iran.