SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) President Donald Trump is getting mixed reactions after announcing the United States is withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal. While countries like Israel and Saudi Arabia cheered the decision, European allies, many democrats and even some republicans, regret the move. Greg Jackson, Assistant Professor of Integrated Studies at Utah Valley University, joined Emily Clark, to talk about what this means for the U.S.
Yesterday, President Trump announced that he is withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear
deal. He further said that the US will reimpose its previous harsh sanctions against Iran, as
well as new ones. The Iran Nuclear Deal is an agreement between Iran, the European Union, and members of the United Nation’s Security Council’s permanent members-the US, UK, France, Russia,
and China-as well as Germany. Struck in 2015, the deal states that state involved would lift sanctions as Iran decreased its stockpile of enriched uranium, which is used to create nuclear weapons, as well as its capacity to create more. This deal is intended to continue for 15 years.
President Trump called the Iran Nuclear Deal “defective to its core” and “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.” The President further characterized the deal as a financial boon to the Iranian regime and therefore a support of terrorism. While Iran appears not to have violated the deal, supporters say the deal itself was bad, as it did not prevent Iran’s human rights abuses, Middle Eastern involvement, or ballistic missile tests.
The United State’s European allies are disappointed at the decision. Former President Obama has
spoken out against President Trump’s decision. Russia says this is a “new confirmation of Washington’s incompetence.” Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking to keep the deal alive with Iran’s other partners, but also prepared to increase enriched uranium production.
Whether leaving the Iran nuclear deal will enable the US to exert further leverage over Iran,
or not, and how this may impact other international situations-such as negotiations with
North Korea-is yet to be seen.
For more information about Integrated Studies, or Professor Jackson, visit UVU.edu/NSS.