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Obama Blasts Trump Over Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Accord

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Former U.S. President Barack Obama, under whose administration the Iran nuclear agreement was reached in 2015, on Tuesday described President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the deal as “misguided.”

“I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake,” Obama said in a statement published on his Facebook account.

His Full statement:

There are few issues more important to the security of the United States than the potential spread of nuclear weapons, or the potential for even more destructive war in the Middle East. That’s why the United States negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the first place.

The reality is clear. The JCPOA is working – that is a view shared by our European allies, independent experts, and the current U.S. Secretary of Defense. The JCPOA is in America’s interest – it has significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program. And the JCPOA is a model for what diplomacy can accomplish – its inspections and verification regime is precisely what the United States should be working to put in place with North Korea. Indeed, at a time when we are all rooting for diplomacy with North Korea to succeed, walking away from the JCPOA risks losing a deal that accomplishes – with Iran – the very outcome that we are pursuing with the North Koreans.

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That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.

That is why today’s announcement is so misguided. Walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America’s credibility, and puts us at odds with the world’s major powers.

Debates in our country should be informed by facts, especially debates that have proven to be divisive. So it’s important to review several facts about the JCPOA.

First, the JCPOA was not just an agreement between my Administration and the Iranian government. After years of building an international coalition that could impose crippling sanctions on Iran, we reached the JCPOA together with the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia, China, and Iran. It is a multilateral arms control deal, unanimously endorsed by a United Nations Security Council Resolution.

Second, the JCPOA has worked in rolling back Iran’s nuclear program. For decades, Iran had steadily advanced its nuclear program, approaching the point where they could rapidly produce enough fissile material to build a bomb. The JCPOA put a lid on that breakout capacity. Since the JCPOA was implemented, Iran has destroyed the core of a reactor that could have produced weapons-grade plutonium; removed two-thirds of its centrifuges (over 13,000) and placed them under international monitoring; and eliminated 97 percent of its stockpile of enriched uranium – the raw materials necessary for a bomb. So by any measure, the JCPOA has imposed strict limitations on Iran’s nuclear program and achieved real results.

Third, the JCPOA does not rely on trust – it is rooted in the most far-reaching inspections and verification regime ever negotiated in an arms control deal. Iran’s nuclear facilities are strictly monitored. International monitors also have access to Iran’s entire nuclear supply chain, so that we can catch them if they cheat. Without the JCPOA, this monitoring and inspections regime would go away.

Fourth, Iran is complying with the JCPOA. That was not simply the view of my Administration. The United States intelligence community has continued to find that Iran is meeting its responsibilities under the deal, and has reported as much to Congress. So have our closest allies, and the international agency responsible for verifying Iranian compliance – the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Fifth, the JCPOA does not expire. The prohibition on Iran ever obtaining a nuclear weapon is permanent. Some of the most important and intrusive inspections codified by the JCPOA are permanent. Even as some of the provisions in the JCPOA do become less strict with time, this won’t happen until ten, fifteen, twenty, or twenty-five years into the deal, so there is little reason to put those restrictions at risk today.

Finally, the JCPOA was never intended to solve all of our problems with Iran. We were clear-eyed that Iran engages in destabilizing behavior – including support for terrorism, and threats toward Israel and its neighbors. But that’s precisely why it was so important that we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Every aspect of Iranian behavior that is troubling is far more dangerous if their nuclear program is unconstrained. Our ability to confront Iran’s destabilizing behavior – and to sustain a unity of purpose with our allies – is strengthened with the JCPOA, and weakened without it.

Because of these facts, I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake. Without the JCPOA, the United States could eventually be left with a losing choice between a nuclear-armed Iran or another war in the Middle East. We all know the dangers of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon. It could embolden an already dangerous regime; threaten our friends with destruction; pose unacceptable dangers to America’s own security; and trigger an arms race in the world’s most dangerous region. If the constraints on Iran’s nuclear program under the JCPOA are lost, we could be hastening the day when we are faced with the choice between living with that threat, or going to war to prevent it.

In a dangerous world, America must be able to rely in part on strong, principled diplomacy to secure our country. We have been safer in the years since we achieved the JCPOA, thanks in part to the work of our diplomats, many members of Congress, and our allies. Going forward, I hope that Americans continue to speak out in support of the kind of strong, principled, fact-based, and unifying leadership that can best secure our country and uphold our responsibilities around the globe.

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  1. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Ride on Donald Trump you are God sent

  2. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 10:42 pm

    What kind of govt will BIAFRA NATION ADOPT IF GOTTEN? CAN SOMEBODY ANSWER ME HONESTLY?BECAUSE MOST OF THE COMMENTS I DO READ MADE BY MY FELLOW SO CALLED BIAFRANS ARE ALWAYS HARSH, ONE SIDED, HYPOCRITICAL AND UNBALANCED ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE’S LIFESTYLE. I HOPE IT WON’T BE A TOTALITARIAN GOVT OR RELIGIOSECULARISM. IF IT WILL BE ANY OF THOSE TWO. TRUST ME THE BIAFRA OF OUR DREAM WON’T COME TO PASS COS GOD IS NOT A PARTIAL OR AN INJUSTICE GOD. HE SHOWERS HIS GRACE AND MERCY TO ALL GAY OR HETEROSEXUAL .#PONDERONTHISMYFELLOWBIAFRANS#

  3. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Obama is clown, anti Christ in disguise. Obama go to sleep.

  4. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    OBAMA SHOULD GO TO GAY PRISON

  5. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    OBAMA SHOULD BE THROWN INSIDE SATANIC PRISON

  6. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Just because you were heading America to Sodom and Gomorrah and Trump came and reversed the ugly movement, Obama learn and change, ok?

  7. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Leave that Obama he wanted to turn USA into ISLAMIC NATIONS

  8. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Look at Obama talking, a gay, a ritualist, a lover of abortion, a killer and a terrorist. You wanted to turn America to an Islamic country but failed now you have surfaced if you know Wat is good for you beta shut that gutter you call mouth before Thunder from third heaven wipe you and your family out

  9. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 10:24 am

    That is all he can do.

  10. Anonymous

    May 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Trump is a real man who don’t negotiate with terrorist, he want to make sure he destroyed Obamagay legacies.

    • Anonymous

      May 9, 2018 at 10:27 pm

      YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. WHAT HAS OBAMA GAY LEGACY TO DO WITH IRAN NUCLEAR ACCORD DEAL . IS BEING GAY THE PROBLEM OF THE WORLD?SPARE ME THIS CRAP. YOU GUYS WORRY ON NOTHING WHILE LEAVING THE MAIN THING BEHIND. TERRORIST DON’T KNOW IF YOU ARE GAY OR NOT TO PERFORM THEIR EVIL ACT. TRUMP DID THE RIGHT THING .GAYS HAVE COME TO STAY THERE IS NOTHING YOU AND I CAN DO ABOUT THAT. THE EARLIER WE DEAL WITH THIS THE BETTER FOR US. WE SHOULD LEARN TO FOCUS ON THE MAIN THING AND LEAVE TRIVIAL THINGS THAT DOESN’T COUNT.

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“Having pleaded that the documents are false, the respondents made allegations of a criminal nature against the appellants. They were required to plead the specific elements of fraud and lead evidence showing the genuine results. Not only must the allegations be proved beyond reasonable doubt, it must also be proved that the appellants personally committed or aided and abetted the commission of the crime or that they procured the commission of the crime through their agents or officials,” she said.

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It warned that Biafra had suffered greatly as a result of denial of media space in the late 60s, saying it could not afford to allow same to continue in the 21st century.

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