President Donald Trump recently declared that “the Iran deal was one of the most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” In response Iranian President Hassan Rouhani commented that “it will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed.” While the International Atomic Energy Agency, supported by Europe, Russia and China, has determined that Iran is not violating the nuclear agreement, the Trump administration is still looking to Congress to revise the deal. How are Iran’s activities in the region, from testing ballistic missiles to its complex role in the geopolitics of the wider Middle East, impacting the US’ stance on the agreement? How might a US withdrawal from the agreement impact US relations with Europe and the Middle East, and could parts of the deal remain even if the US withdraws?
Background reading and multimedia:
- Trump Can Make the Most of a Bad Deal
Michael Singh, The New York Times, September 13, 2017
- Administration Unlikely to Brief Senators on Iran Deal until after Certification Decision
Karoun Demirjian, The Washington Post, September 21, 2017
- Iran's Hassan Rouhani Hits Back at Trump in UNGA Speech
Al Jazeera, September 21, 2017