Trump Further Isolates America by Withdrawing from Iran Deal

The president defies all other major powers by canceling the nuclear agreement with Iran.

American president Donald Trump arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017
American president Donald Trump arrives in Salt Lake City, Utah, December 4, 2017 (ANG/Annie Edwards)

President Donald Trump has withdrawn the United States from the nuclear agreement his predecessor, Barack Obama, negotiated with Iran in 2015.

All the other parties — Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia — want to keep the deal in place. Trump’s only allies on the issue are the Arab Gulf states and Israel, which consider Iran a regional threat.

What happens next?

The Atlantic Council and Axios have overviews of what happens next.

For Europe, much depends on the restoration of sanctions. If Trump punishes companies that do business with Iran, European governments may feel they have no choice but to leave the agreement as well.

Analysis

Peter Beinart writes in The Atlantic that the same people arguing against the Iran deal argued for war with Iraq fifteen years ago, despite there being no proof that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

Fred Kaplan argues that the move can only be attributed to one or more of three motives:

a misunderstanding of the deal’s terms, a need to torpedo yet another one of President [Barack] Obama’s accomplishments or a desire to weaken or destroy the government of Iran.

Read my own post from October on how Trump is driving his European allies into the arms of China and Russia by tearing up this agreement.