The Trump administration revealed Monday that the dictatorship of Iran is actively promoting terrorism and genocide, violating the spirit of an agreement to dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
The White House made it clear they would impose crippling economic sanctions on the radical theocracy should those efforts continue.
Iran reached a deal with then-President Barack Obama in which the U.S. would lift some sanctions and pay the dictatorship $1.7 billion in cash, in exchange for a promise to stop developing nuclear weapons.
Iran has been using that $1.7 billion to promote terrorism, and is helping North Korea build nuclear missiles capable of striking the United States. Amazingly, that does not violate their agreement with Obama.
The Hill reports:
The Trump Administration on Monday announced its intention to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement reached two years ago under the Obama Administration, but said Iran is “in default of the spirit” of the accord.
A senior administration told reporters that the administration will certify to Congress that Iran is meeting the provisions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but stressed that it plans to take a broader approach to combat Iran’s other “malign activities,” including additional sanction for Iran’s actions outside the scope of the nuclear deal…
…The “malign activities” outside the realm of the nuclear agreement include Iran’s support for terrorism, human rights abuses, backing of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and hostility to Israel, the official said…
…“In our view, the previous administration allowed the nuclear agreement to be the tail that wagged the Iran policy dog,” another senior administration official on the call said.
“We are determined not to repeat that mistake and we are approaching all this as part of an integrated strategy to holding Iran accountable for its misdeeds in all respects and trying to contain the threats that Iran presents to our interest and those of our allies and friends in the region.”
Moving forward, the Trump administration intends to engage a strategy that will “address the totality of Iran’s malign behavior and not narrowly focus” solely on the nuclear accord.
The strategy includes new sanctions aimed at holding Iran responsible for its “misbehavior in the region in a bunch of fronts,” according to one of the officials.
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