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Trump-ing the Nuclear Deal

By  |  February 6, 2017, 10:51am  |  @Josh_Kimbrell

Donald Trump vowed on the campaign trail to scrap President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, calling it “one the worst deals ever made by any country in history.” The so-called P5+1 agreement, which refers to the UN Security Council’s five permanent members, including China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, plus Germany, is the bad deal that the Obama Administration rammed-through in 2015. This deal has been widely panned by Democrats and Republicans, because it all but ensures that Iran will be a nuclear power within a decade. Iran agreed to the deal only as a stop-gap measure that will buy them time to complete their nuclear program like North Korea did under President Clinton in the 1990s.

Most national security experts have long expected Iran to violate the P5+1 Agreement, but Iran’s recent flagrance has surprised even the most skeptical of observers. Tehran’s decision to test-fire a ballistic missile last weekend certainly ups the ante in the rising tensions between our two countries. It also represents a clear defiance of both the nuclear agreement and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that was passed 2015 as part of the nuclear deal, which states that “Iran is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.” It seems to me that the Trump Administration is now free to revisit the P5+1 Agreement and take a tougher stance on Iran.

The Trump Administration responded this week by slapping new sanctions on Iran and having National Security Adviser Michael Flynn put Iran “on notice.” Flynn’s comment was intentionally vague, presumably to leave Tehran guessing as to America’s next move in this rising crisis. While the Treasury Department’s new sanctions against 13 Iranian officials and about one dozen Iranian companies is still compliant with the Nuclear Agreement of 2015, the Agreement is all but void based on Iran’s actions.

The Trump Administration is set to ratchet-up pressure on the Ayatollahs in Iran, which may soon include the threat of military force. The Israelis will certainly welcome any move to scrap the 2015 P5+1 Agreement that ensures that Iran, left undeterred, will have the capability to launch a nuclear holocaust before the decade is out. The Trump Administration should seek to counter any further aggression by Iran, including having the U.S. Navy shoot-down any future ballistic missile test.

America is playing hard ball with the mad regime running Iran, and we will need a heavy bat. Thank goodness we have a Defense Secretary nicknamed “Mad Dog.”