Obama Tries to Challenge Trump on Iran Deal

Former President Obama released a blistering criticism Tuesday of the U.S. pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal, calling President Trump’s decision “misguided.”

Obama and other top officials from his administration expressed deep frustrations and worries that the Trump’s decision not only turns our back to U.S. allies in Europe who have fought to keep the deal intact but also could potentially lead to another war in the Middle East.

Obama offered a nearly 1,000-word synopsis of why he believes the deal, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA], is necessary to extending peace and preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

He said the decision to back out of the 2015 deal, along with reinstating sanctions, risks eroding both relationships with European allies and the credibility of the U.S. to adhere to its commitments.

“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,” Obama said. “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.”

President Trump said he had no choice but to withdraw from the agreement, calling it a “horrible, one-sided deal” that “didn’t bring peace” and “never will.”

Trump claimed  “the decaying and the rotten structure” of the agreement does not block Iran from developing nuclear weapons and the deal “defective at its core.”

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Source: USA Today