Plan To Amend Iran Nuclear Deal Still In Progress
In a news conference, Obama said, "My suspicion is that when the president-elect comes into office ... he will look at the facts." He furthered that the abandonment of the deal would get rid of the barriers which basically blocked the nuclear capability of Iran which would result to force the US government to sanction allies from European countries that sustained to give tribute to the treaty.
"When you are not responsible for it, you can call it a terrible deal," President Obama held. "When you are responsible ... you are more likely to look at the facts"
The agreement was consented by a group of world powers and is implemented under a resolution of the United Nations Security Council resolution. However, after Republican Trump's presidential victory, the question to whether or not the deal will continue under Trump's administration remains.
During his campaign, President-elect Trump had been irresolute with his intentions on targeting the Iran deal. There were circumstances where he sworn to put an end to the deal, while some times said that he would initiate a negotiation for firmer concerns from Iran.
Mark Tones, the Spokesman of the State Department, said: "We have seen that this agreement has done what we said it was going to do, which is limit Iran from obtaining a nuclear [weapon]. It wasn't focused on changing Iran's behavior at large. It was focused on preventing it from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
The advisors of Donald Trump have confirmed that one of the many priorities of the newly-elected president is to reconsider the Iran deal even though the plan is still in a work in progress.
In an interview with BBC Radio, Mark Phares, Trump's foreign policy advisor, said: "'Ripping up' is maybe a too strong a word. He's gonna take that agreement, it's been done before in international context, and then review it. He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from Iranians to restore a few issues or change a few issues. And there will be a discussion. It could be a tense discussion."
On the other hand, R. James Woolsey, Jr. said on CNN that the agreement is the "worst single international agreement the United States has ever signed". From 1993 to 1995, Woolsey, Jr. headed the CIA under the administration of President Clinton.
The Iran nuclear deal framework was a preliminary framework agreement reached in 2015 between the Islamic Republic of Iran and a group of world powers: the P5+1 (the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council-the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China-plus Germany) and the European Union.