President Trump must decide by 12th May whether to stick with the agreementby Ali Ansari / May 5, 2018 / Leave a comment
The prospect of President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, or “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” on 12th May—when he has to consider whether he will renew the sanctions waivers—is causing understandable consternation in European capitals, where there has been a concerted effort to persuade the United States to stay in.
The agreement was reached after two years of detailed and at times tedious negotiations, and resulted in restrictions being placed on Iran’s nuclear programme in return for a gradual lifting of those sanctions pertaining to the nuclear programme.
Trump has of course never hidden his disdain for the agreement and his vocal opposition and continued prevarications over whether to issue the necessary waivers have already served to undermine the efficacy of the agreement and to place it on life support. Nonetheless, his political theatrics—ably supported in this regard by the Israeli Prime Minister—have also served to disguise the flaws in the agreement which even European partners agree need to be addressed sooner rather than later.