The President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, claimed that the Islamic nation could easily abandon the 2015 nuclear deal, made under Obama, “within hours” if the Trump administration decides to impose new sanctions. This way, the Islamic regime is openly threatening the U.S. of doubling down on their nuclear actions if they don’t comply with their demands, which clearly represents a bold move from one of the most dangerous nations for America’s national security.
Rouhani even claimed that these new sanctions would be a strong breach of the agreement made between Iran and other countries, including China and the United States. As a matter of fact, the Iranian leader explained that his country could even restart its nuclear programs within a couple of hours and bring it to even more advanced levels than two years ago, when the Islamic nation signed the controversial nuclear deal.
Rouhani issued this extreme warning during a televised speech to Iran’s parliament, kicking off a vote of-confidence session for the nominated ministers of his second.-term cabinet. He assured sanctions would represent a breach of promise by America and will receive what he considered an appropriate response.
In addition, Rouhani suggested that America was an unreliable partner, citing the Trump administrations withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and the new restrictions imposed by the U.S. on Cuba’s communist regime.
A month ago, the U.S. treasury decided to impose new strong sanctions on six Iranian firms for having a hand in the creation of a ballistic missile program after Iran launched a rocket capable of putting a satellite into orbit. In response to this move, the parliament of Iran passed a bill Sunday outlining several plans to counter the American “terrorist measures” in the region.
The U.S. has recently accused the Islamic nation of stoking chaos in the Middle East and condemned its support for several U.S.-designated terrorist groups, militias, and even the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Through a statement in July, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that America remains quite concerned about Tehran’s malign activities across the Middle East, since it undermines the stability of the region, along with its security and prosperity.
A couple of days ago, President Trump signed into law some new sanctions on Russia, North Korea, and Iran, which passed by the Congress. These sanctions also targeted Iran’s human rights abuses as well as its controversial missile programs.
These unilateral sanctions against the Islamic nation were imposed after saying that the ballistic missile tests clearly violated a U.N. resolution, which endorsed the nuclear deal and called upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.
Nevertheless, Tehran has denied that their missile development violates in any form the sanctions because they are not designated to carry nukes. In addition, Rouhani claimed that America has ignored international agreements and that it’s not a good partner or even a reliable negotiator.
Basically, this concerning situation clearly represents the biggest problem of the Obama’s nuclear deal with the Islamic regime: giving too much and expecting something quite vague in return.
Returning the strong sanctions to a country that represents a major threat to American interests in the Middle East was something that needed to be responded with a serious action on their part, considering that it was giving a lot of oxygen to a regime that was already controlled.
Iran lashes out at talk of new sanctions, says it could abandon nuclear deal ‘within hours’…serious? Iran,you NEVER did a deal, obama did
— k24 (@24runner) 15 de agosto de 2017
However, with the lift of the sanctions, the only thing the U.S. got in return was the commitment of not continuing with their nuclear program, which many experts assured it was something extremely weak, given the fact that Iran has been characterized for not being a reliable figure. Naturally, the risk was that this new situation the U.S. administration is facing could explode at any moment.
As a matter of fact, Rouhani’s threats of restarting the nuclear program at an advanced stage than it was in 2015 could suggest that this program continued during these two years. Of course, this wouldn’t be a surprise considering that one of the most controversial points of Obama’s deal was that American nuclear inspectors were banned from inspecting the Iranian nuclear sites.
Just as what is happening with North Korea, Trump administration inherited the consequences of an irresponsible presidency that empowered two nations that clearly represents a serious threat for American interests.