Opinion: Withdrawing the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal is the right move
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Trump is withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions on Iran.
This is the right move. The original agreement with Iran was a mistake.
Iran is widely reported to still be working on its nuclear program. Beyond nuclear capability, Iran has continued to develop ballistic missiles, cause and support unrest throughout the Middle East and fund terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.
The nuclear deal directly gave billions of dollars to Iran. Billions more flowed into Iran because of the of unfreezing of bank accounts around the world and new international business for the country as a result of the lifted sanctions.
Iran’s initial reaction will be to talk tough. Do not let their words scare you. It is Iran’s wrongdoings up to now which are scary. Those have to be stopped.
Going forward, the Iranian regime definitely does not want to see sanctions come back in full force. The large-scale sanctions will cripple the Iranian economy and could cause the Iranian people to finally topple their dictatorial government.
Here is the bottom line: any safety that the current Iran deal seems to provide is fake. The agreement appeased Iran and allowed it to basically do whatever it wants. As we have seen with North Korea, rogue states respond best to strength and power. This withdrawal now gives America and our allies a real chance to pressure Iran to destroy its nuclear program forever and to stop its dangerous activity on all fronts, not just nuclear.