President Trump Reverses US Policy on Iran
Friday as expected, US President Donald Trump chose not to re-certify that Tehran is complying with the deal in a Key reversal of US policy.
President Trump made the announcement in a speech that detailed a more confrontational approach to Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East.
“Today I am announcing our strategy along with several major steps we’re taking to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions and to ensure that Iran never, and I mean never acquires a nuclear weapon,” President Trump said.
“As I have said many times, the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” the President said.
“My fellow Americans, as president of the United States my highest priority is to ensure the safety and security of the American people. For this reason, I have ordered a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran. That review is now complete,” President Trump said Friday before announcing his Administration’s new stance on Iran and the nuclear agreement.
The President listed several occasions in which Iran has attacked Americans over the years and has taken part in and funded terrorism.
“The regime remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.
“The regime’s 2 favorite chants are “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”
President Trump said the nuclear deal gave Iran “a political and economic lifeline,” alluding to the $1.7-B that the US gave to Iran as part of the agreement.
“Just imagine the sight of those huge piles of money being hauled off by the Iranians, waiting at the airport for the cash. I wonder where all that money went.”
America’s new Iran policy includes placing sanctions on Iran to combat its terrorism activities and doing whatever it takes to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
“The Revolutionary Guard is the Iranian supreme leader’s corrupt personal terror force and militia,” Trump said. “It has hijacked large portions of Iran’s economy and seized massive religious endowments to fund war and terror abroad.”
Trump’s examples of the IRGC’s activities included sending missiles and other weapons to Syria and planning and launching terror attacks overseas and in the US
“I am authorizing the Treasury Department to further sanction the entire Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, to apply sanctions to its officials, agents, and affiliates,” he said.
The IRGC has tousled with American warships in the Persian Gulf on several occasions in recent years, taunting the ships to the point that US personnel fired warning flares to ward off the fast-approaching boats.
The IRGC also took 10 US sailors hostage in a January 2016 incident that Iran claimed took place after two US Naval boats strayed into Iranian waters. The sailors were released 15 hours later.
Notably, President Trump did not pull the United States out of the agreement aimed at preventing Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, but he did give the US Congress 60 days to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the Hussein Obama Admin’s driven pact.
This effort dealt a major blow to Iran, and the legacy of the Hussein Obama Admin
Have a terrific weekend.