Rick Scott to Donald Trump: Junk the Iran deal

Rick Scott to Donald Trump: Junk the Iran deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself earlier this week gave an English-language presentation on what he called a "half ton" of Iranian nuclear documents illicitly seized by Israeli intelligence.

The French leader tells Der Spiegel that President Trump's threats to abandon the Obama-era deal aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear weapons program could open "Pandora's box", leading the United States and European allies toward armed conflict. So if Iran indeed had an active weapons programme as Israel claims, the nuclear deal has ended it. The prime minister accused Tehran of failing to comply with its worldwide obligations, having concealed the program in order to use it in the future.

Instead, Iran's history of duplicity makes the case for extending the life of restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities that expire after 10 to 15 years, for placing limitations on Iran's ballistic missile program and for providing for even more rigorous inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. So much, also, for the notion that Iran has honored its end of the bargain. "It's based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception". "The Iranian response will be surprising and you will regret it", Haaretz cited him as saying.

The Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed in 2015 by the U.S., Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, agreeing to lift economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on Iran's development of nuclear technology.

It weakened United Nations restrictions on its right to develop, test and field ballistic missiles - a critical component for a nuclear weapons capability that the Iranians haven't fully mastered. It's not clear that the USA killing the nuclear deal, at Israel's behest, would lead to a backlash against Iran.

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Supporters of the deal concede that Mossad spies accomplished an impressive heist in Tehran, but they insist that they always assumed Iran had an undeclared weapons program.

The White House official said Trump was "most of the way there toward pulling out of the deal but he hasn't made the decision" and that he "seems poised to do it but until a decision is made by this president it is not final".

Netanyahu said the documents provided evidence that Iran attempted to develop a nuclear bomb in the 2000s. Whilst it is true that Iran is often on the opposite side of America's interests in these countries, this part of Iran's behaviour was not subject to the JCPOA. So, practically, if Mr. Trump decides to pull out of the Iran deal, it would start the unravelling of an agreement that nobody has violated.