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Trump took another important step to completely end Iran's nuclear agreement, now he has to finish the job

The trump administration on Monday took another important step towards phasing out the disastrous Iran agreement by ending the exceptions that allowed many countries to continue buying oil from the terrorist regime, but now President Trump should take the last step to kill it for good. Almost a year has passed since Trump made the wise decision to announce that the United States left the Iran agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, but at the same time he left many ways open that have allowed the deal to be kept alive so that it can arise from a future democratic president. The great (and valid) grip on the Iran agreement from the Trump team was that it handcuffed the US into the implementation of foreign policy in the Middle East, as long as the US was bound by it, national security decisions were taken throughout the region shaped by interest to preserve the deal. At the same time, Iran has been able to continue straight for tens of billions of dollars to help fund terrorism and destabilizing action worldwide, to increase its strength as a conventional threat and to preserve its long-term nuclear capability. [1 9659004] Although Trump, when he announced that he would withdraw from the contract, promised to put "the highest pressure" on Iran, the administration has ceased to do so. In November, after a six-month transition period, Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, but still…

The trump administration on Monday took another important step towards phasing out the disastrous Iran agreement by ending the exceptions that allowed many countries to continue buying oil from the terrorist regime, but now President Trump should take the last step to kill it for good.

Almost a year has passed since Trump made the wise decision to announce that the United States left the Iran agreement negotiated by the Obama administration, but at the same time he left many ways open that have allowed the deal to be kept alive so that it can arise from a future democratic president.

The great (and valid) grip on the Iran agreement from the Trump team was that it handcuffed the US into the implementation of foreign policy in the Middle East, as long as the US was bound by it, national security decisions were taken throughout the region shaped by interest to preserve the deal. At the same time, Iran has been able to continue straight for tens of billions of dollars to help fund terrorism and destabilizing action worldwide, to increase its strength as a conventional threat and to preserve its long-term nuclear capability. [1

9659004] Although Trump, when he announced that he would withdraw from the contract, promised to put “the highest pressure” on Iran, the administration has ceased to do so.

In November, after a six-month transition period, Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, but still offered concessions on three main fronts. Treasury and government departments granted exemptions from oil penalties to China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and even Turkey. In addition, the administration ceased briefly from completely disconnecting Iran from the Society for the Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications System, a network through which global banks communicate which is critical to accessing international markets. Finally, and most surprisingly, the administration made exceptions that allow foreign companies to continue “civilian” nuclear work with Iran’s Arak, Bushehr and Fordow facilities. Although the State Department issued a statement these facilities would “continue under the strictest scrutiny to ensure transparency and maintain restrictions on Iran”, so that this could continue only to maintain the global link to Iran’s nuclear program, thereby keeping it more anchored .

Those involved in the Iran agreement, including Europeans, ex-Obamaites and the establishment of democratic foreign policy, know that they cannot convince Trump to embrace the deal. But what they have hoped for is that Iran’s agreement is held at least alive during the Trump administration, so that it can be brought back to life when the Democrats regain power. Therefore, it is important to sniff it out completely.

Earlier this month, Trump took the long-standing step to investigate Iran’s Islamic revolutionary guard, which plays a key role in the Iranian economy, as well as in its efforts to crush internal waiting, finance terrorism and unstable instability throughout the Middle East. And now, on Monday, the administration is taking the important step of closing the oil conditions to other countries, which, if properly applied, should have a further weakening effect on the fragile Iranian economy. All this is good news that goes in the right direction.

But as long as advocates retaining the Iran agreement can stick to the presumably “civilian” nuclear weapons cooperation, they can withdraw the agreement. Therefore, it is so important that Pompeo takes the further step of ending all this nuclear weapons cooperation.

Completing the Iran Agreement is one of the highlights of Trump’s foreign policy heritage. If the administration does not follow through, his legacy can be quickly revoked by his successor with a stroke on a pen. Trump should not allow any kind of zombie-Iran agreement to remain in place, and should instead act to wipe it out.

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