Executive Intelligence Review

FROM EIR DAILY ALERT


Trump Announces U.S. Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal

May 8, 2018 (EIRNS)—U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. will be withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in a much-awaited statement issued at the White House today. This announced policy, however, is based on British lies, including the one Trump started with, that Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism, naming Hezbollah, other Shi’ite groups and even al Qaeda. Trump also cited the latest British scam run through Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who, during a staged show-and-tell last week, displayed documents that he claimed conclusively showed that Iran’s promises to refrain from development nuclear weapons were a lie.

On the basis of this and other fraudulent evidence, Trump announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the JCPOA and that he would be signing an executive order reimposing all of the U.S. sanctions that were waived as a result of the deal, to include secondary sanctions on third countries deemed to be not only helping Iran’s nuclear program, but also its ballistic missile program and its alleged support of terrorism.

How this policy will play out strategically remains to be seen. Prior to Trump’s speech, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had announced that he was open to remaining within the JCPOA even if the U.S. withdrew, so long as a satisfactory agreement could be worked out with China, Russia and key European signatories.

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