President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the United States is withdrawing from the Obama administration’s “disastrous” Iran nuclear deal. Trump began his remarks by highlighting Iran’s actions against the United States and its aid to terrorists.
“The Iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror,” Trump said. “It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban, and al-Qaeda.”
“Over the years Iran and its proxies have bombed American embassies and military installations, murdered hundreds of American service members, and kidnapped, imprisoned, and tortured American citizens,” he said. “The Iranian regime has funded its long reign of chaos and terror by plundering the wealth of its own people. No action taken by the regime has been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them.”
He proceeded to critique the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a formal name for the nuclear deal the Obama administration brokered.
“The so-called Iran deal was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb and a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the Iranian regime,” he said. “In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and over time reached the brink of a nuclear breakout. The deal lifted crippling economic sanctions on our end in exchange for very weak limits on the regime’s nuclear activity and no limits at all on its other maligned behavior, including its sinister activities in Syria, Yemen, and other places all around the world.”
“At the point when the United States had maximum leverage, this disastrous deal gave this regime — and it is a regime of great terror — many billions of dollars and some of it in actual cash,” Trump said. “A great embarrassment to me as a citizen and to all citizens of the United States. A constructive deal could easily have been struck at the time, but it was not.”
“At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear energy program,” he said. “Today we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie.”
Trump then outlined the findings revealed last week by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a televised press conference, Netanyahu showed the world that Israeli intelligence had discovered evidence indicating Iran had a secret nuclear site.
“The agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if Iran fully complied, the regime could still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time,” Trump said.
“The Iranian deal is defective at its core,” he continued. “If we do nothing, we know exactly what will happen. In just a short period of time the world’s leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world’s most dangerous weapon. Therefore, I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.”