President Trump Gives Remarks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, is an international agreement on the nuclear program of Iran reached in Vienna on 14 July 2015 between Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany), and the European Union.

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6 Responses to President Trump Gives Remarks on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

  1. joshua says:

    late

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  2. The Tundra PA says:

    Like a boss. That’s my President, and I am so proud of him!

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  3. czarowniczy says:

    I’ll always believe that Obama dragged his heels, relying on the BS reports from the IAEA inspectors, bowing to Iranian demands that their military sites were off-limits to inspectors and basically sidelining reports from US intel agencies that didn’t fit his agenda.
    Obama let THE most Moslen country in the Mideast develop nukes that basically put it on an equal footing with Turkey, the most powerful military in the Mideast, a constitutionally secular Moslem country and a US/NATO ally. Hmmmmmmm…
    Her wanted to let Iran become THE nuclear power in the Mideast, allowing it to develop a missile and nuke bomb power that would allow it to check Israel, a country Barry had no great love for, an oppressor of his chosen belief system. His ‘deal’ gave Iran money and a fig leaf while he gets to look like the Great Mediator. Iran uses that money to further its nuke/missile works while ignoring domestic issues and Obama carries their PR water.
    I’m waiting for when we’ll be forced to nuke some place in Iran as at some point Russia isn’t going to be able to restrain Iran and someone will push a button. Note the approachment of Turkey and Israel, the two military powers in the Mideast, as I’m betting they see the Farsi writing on the wall. I’m sure that Iran’s just perfecting its warheads, it prioritized the elements in it’s Death to Anyone But Shia program and decided that the fissionable materials were tops. Once it has the mechanics nailed down all bets are off.

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    • stella says:

      Obama has issued a statement. See if you can get through it. I couldn’t.:

      There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place.

      The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea. Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.

      That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.

      Debates in our country should be informed by facts, especially debates that have proven to be divisive. So it’s important to review several facts about the JCPOA.

      First, the JCPOA was not just an agreement between my Administration and the Iranian government. After years of building an international coalition that could impose crippling sanctions on Iran, we reached the JCPOA together with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia, China, and Iran. It is a multilateral arms control deal, unanimously endorsed by a United Nations Security Council Resolution.

      Second, the JCPOA has worked in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program. For decades, Iran had steadily advanced its nuclear program, approaching the point where they could rapidly produce enough fissile material to build a bomb. The JCPOA put a lid on that breakout capacity. Since the JCPOA was implemented, Iran has destroyed the core of a reactor that could have produced weapons-grade plutonium; removed two-thirds of its centrifuges (over 13,000) and placed them under international monitoring; and eliminated 97 percent of its stockpile of enriched uranium – the raw materials necessary for a bomb. So by any measure, the JCPOA has imposed strict limitations on Iran’s nuclear program and achieved real results.

      Third, the JCPOA does not rely on trust – it is rooted in the most far-reaching inspections and verification regime ever negotiated in an arms control deal. Iran’s nuclear facilities are strictly monitored. International monitors also have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain, so that we can catch them if they cheat. Without the JCPOA, this monitoring and inspections regime would go away.

      Fourth, Iran is complying with the JCPOA. That was not simply the view of my Administration. The United States intelligence community has continued to find that Iran is meeting its responsibilities under the deal, and has reported as much to Congress. So have our closest allies, and the international agency responsible for verifying Iranian compliance – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

      Fifth, the JCPOA does not expire. The prohibition on Iran ever obtaining a nuclear weapon is permanent. Some of the most important and intrusive inspections codified by the JCPOA are permanent. Even as some of the provisions in the JCPOA do become less strict with time, this won’t happen until ten, fifteen, twenty, or twenty-five years into the deal, so there is little reason to put those restrictions at risk today.

      Finally, the JCPOA was never intended to solve all of our problems with Iran. We were clear-eyed that Iran engages in destabilizing behavior – including support for terrorism, and threats toward Israel and its neighbors. But that’s precisely why it was so important that we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Every aspect of Iranian behavior that is troubling is far more dangerous if their nuclear program is unconstrained. Our ability to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior – and to sustain a unity of purpose with our allies – is strengthened with the JCPOA, and weakened without it.

      Because of these facts, I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake. Without the JCPOA, the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East. We all know the dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. It could embolden an already dangerous regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America’s own security; and trigger an arms race in the world’s most dangerous region. If the constraints on Iran’s nuclear program under the JCPOA are lost, we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it.

      In a dangerous world, America must be able to rely in part on strong, principled diplomacy to secure our country. We have been safer in the years since we achieved the JCPOA, thanks in part to the work of our diplomats, many members of Congress, and our allies. Going forward, I hope that Americans continue to speak out in support of the kind of strong, principled, fact-based, and unifying leadership that can best secure our country and uphold our responsibilities around the globe.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Yeah, same smokey blah-blah he’s used to cover his ass while he was in office. Bottom line is that he’s as interested in seeing a nuclear-armed Moslem world as they are, part of his ‘centers of influence’ strategy.

        The Europeans have been gunshy about confrontin g evil due to the shock of WW I and avoided confronting Hitler, right up until he marched into their livingrooms. Post WW II the gutlessness just expanded exponentially – were Hitler to come back from the grave and form a partnership with Merkel the rest of Europe would surrender in a heartbeat. Their desire for self preservation through self sacrifice is gone.

        Obama ius going to be a destructive, corrosive and bordesring on treasonous thorn in our side for decades to come. Barring a divine bolt of lightening that traitor will be chipping away at the foundatiobns of western civilization for a long time.

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        • czarowniczy says:

          BTW, the IAEA and IUN accepted Iran’s figures on how many centrifuges it had and how much nuke materials it had. They applauded when Iran said it was down to just 3000 centrifuges but how many total centrifuges it had was never verified. Iran was also making parts for its centrifuges and could quite easily have taken a bunch of older centrifuges and repair parts and destroyed them. How many they saved and how many they actually have is still unknown.
          The UN and the Europeans so desperately wanted to believe the Iranians, claim victory and avoid having to actually do anything bought the Iranian’s lies time and time again. Obama accepted it, he could claim it as part of his legacy regardless, any failures would be on Hillary’s/Trump’s watch and when the US became part of the Ummah they’d build statues to the backstabber. OK, that l;ast part was a weeeee bit overboard but it felt ‘right’.

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