President Donald Trump rattled America on Tuesday, May 8th, after announcing that the United States was being withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal. Trump’s supporters were thrilled that he delivered on another promise; however, the Democratic party called Trump’s move a “rash decision” that would ultimately alienate us from our allies.
The deal was previously made under former president Barack Obama’s administration. Obama, a well-known critic of Trump, responded to Trump’s bold move shortly after the news was released to the public.
“There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East,” Obama said in a statement. “That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place.”
In Obama’s opinion, JCPOA was effective and pulling out of it is a “serious mistake.” It was more than an agreement between the Obama administration and the Iranian government, but it was an “international coalition” and “multilateral arms control deal.”
“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,” the former president added.
“Without the JCPOA, the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East. We all know the dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon,” Obama continued. “It could embolden an already dangerous regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America’s own security; and trigger an arms race in the world’s most dangerous region...we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it.”
“We have been safer in the years since we achieved the JCPOA, thanks in part to the work of our diplomats, many members of Congress, and our allies. Going forward, I hope that Americans continue to speak out in support of the kind of strong, principled, fact-based, and unifying leadership that can best secure our country and uphold our responsibilities around the globe,” he ended.
Read Obama’s full statement below:
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In related news, Speaker Paul Ryan also responded to Trump’s decision on the Iran deal.