Trump Extends Waivers on Iran Nuclear Sanctions for Now - What Comes Next?
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
The Rundown with Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David / i24News
January 12, 2018
What's in store for the nuclear deal with Iran now that President Trump has extended the waivers on nuclear sanctions again, effectively keeping the U.S. in agreement?
Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Dr. Emily Landau, Director of the Arms Control and Regional Security Program and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies on i24News "The Rundown" with Nurit Ben and Calev Ben-David to discuss the issue and what is fueling the Trump administration's decisionmaking over the nuclear arrangement.
Dr. Landau argues that although it is a bad agreement, the U.S. shouldn't set arbitrary deadlines for fixing the deal but should instead take the necessary time to improve its provisions. Brodsky maintains that the result of the Obama administration front-loading all of the goodies to Iran at the outset of the deal has left the U.S. with very little leverage not just with Iran but with the other P5+1 nations that helped finalize it in 2015. That means the American threat to walk away from the deal constitutes one of the only means to bring its allies to the table and focus Congress' attention on plugging the many holes left by the Obama administration signing the U.S. up for a nuclear agreement that is fundamentally not in America's interest.