Among the accomplishments that President Barack Obama listed as part of his legacy is the historic Iran nuclear deal. The agreement imposes limits for Iran’s nuclear program. It effectively limits Iran’s ability to build any atomic weapons for the next 10 years. The deal meant the lifting of most international sanctions for Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry invested a considerable amount of time and effort in securing the deal for the Obama administration. But the future of the Iran nuclear deal seems uncertain after the result of the US presidential election.
A Change of Course in Foreign Policy
The projected winner of the US presidential election in most polls and forecasts was Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. It is unlikely that Hillary Clinton would have gone back on any deals that the United States has in place. Especially, since she was a part of some of them during her time as Secretary of State. But the result of the presidential election means a certain level of uncertainty when it comes to the foreign policy of the United States.
Donald J. Trump has spoken in disagreement of current US foreign policy on many occasions during the presidential campaign. One of the diplomatic agreements that he considers to be terrible is the nuclear agreement with Iran. Experts are looking at the possibility that a Trump administration could take steps that would antagonize Iran and cause for it to abandon its commitments.
Richard Nephew is a fellow at Columbia University. He was also the lead sanctions expert on the United States negotiation team.
“I think it’s basically the end game for the deal. It’s very hard for me to see, based on the rhetoric, letting it stand as is, or not doing something that forces the Iranians to walk away,”
said Richard Nephew.
Donald J. Trump Has Spoken against the Iran Nuclear Deal
The Iran nuclear deal received praise on the international stage. The countries that were part of the negotiation process alongside the United States were not few: Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia as well as the European Union. But in the United States, the deal received heavy criticism. Republican lawmakers said that the lifting of sanctions practically rewarded Iran for its actions. They pointed at Iran taking US citizens prisoner. They also pointed towards Iran’s involvement in regional conflicts like Yemen and Syria.
One of the voices most critical of the Iran nuclear deal was Israel. During the presidential campaign, Trump gave a speech to a pro-Israel lobbying group. As part of his speech, Trump spoke against the agreement.
“My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,”
said Donald J. Trump.
Iran is showing concerns regarding a future Trump administration. On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged the United States to live up to the commitments of the agreement.
“Iran’s understanding of the nuclear deal was that the accord was not concluded with one country or government but was approved by a resolution of the U.N. Security Council, and there is no possibility that it can be changed by a single government,”
said President Hassan Rouhani.
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