The Trump administration on Monday took another important step towards the catastrophic Iran deal by ending the waivers that allowed many countries to continue oil from the terrorist regime, but now President Trump should be the final one Take Action to End It
It's been nearly a year since Trump made the wise decision to announce that the US would give up the Iran deal negotiated by the Obama administration, but at the same time left many options open who have allowed the deal to be alive so that it can be revived by a future Democratic president.
The Trump team's biggest (and valid) criticism of the Iran deal was that he had handcuffed the US in conducting foreign affairs in the Middle East, as national security decisions were made throughout the region as long as the US tied to it were marked by the interest to receive the deal. In the meantime, Iran has continued to take tens of billions of dollars to help finance terrorism and destabilize global action, increase its strength as a conventional threat, and maintain its long-term ability to nuclearize. However, following a six-month transitional period, Minister of Finance Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new round of sanctions on Iran, but still offered concessions to three main fronts.
Last November, after a six-month transitional period. The Ministry of Finance and State Ministries announced that they would renounce oil sanctions to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and even Turkey. In addition, the administration has not completely separated Iran from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, a network through which global banks communicate, which is crucial for access to international markets. Finally, and very surprisingly, the government granted exemptions allowing foreign companies to continue civilian work on the Iranian plants in Arak, Bushehr and Fordow. Although the State Department issued a statement claiming that these facilities "would go on under strict control to ensure transparency and maintain restrictions on Iran," this will only maintain and maintain the global link to the Iranian nuclear program more solidified.
Those who are committed to the Iran Agreement, including Europeans, former Obamaites and the democratic foreign policy establishment, know that they can not persuade Trump to accept the agreement. However, they have hoped that the glow of the Iran deal will at least be kept alive during the Trump administration, so it can be revived when the Democrats return to power. That's why it's important to rinse it completely.
Earlier this month, Trump took the long overdue step to name Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard, which plays a key role in Iran's economy, as well as its efforts to stop internal dissent, finance terrorism, and instability to promote the Middle East. And now, on Monday, the government is making a significant move to ending oil waivers in other countries, which, if enforced properly, should further impact the weaker Iranian economy. That's all good news, going in the right direction.
But as long as supporters of the Iran Agreement can cling to allegedly "civilian" nuclear cooperation, they can return the agreement. That is why it is so important for Pompeo to take the next step to put an end to all this nuclear cooperation.
The termination of the Iran Agreement is one of the highlights of Trump's foreign heritage. If the administration does not succeed, its legacy can be quickly reversed by its successor with a stroke of the pen. Trump should not allow any zombie-Iran deal to stay in place, and he should act instead to wipe it out.