Trump’s Iran deal decision proves wise


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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu with President Trump in Washington, D.C. in March 2018.

Will Dean

This past April, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to the world that the Iranian government lied. The Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, had obtained over 100,000 documents from a secret facility in Iran, according to Business Insider.

“These files conclusively prove that Iran is brazenly lying when it says it never had a nuclear weapons program,” Netanyahu said in a press conference. Netanyahu also stated that  the Iran deal gave Iran a “clear path” to making nuclear weapons.

The Obama administration signed the Iran Deal into law in 2015 with the intention of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, according to left wing news outlet Vox. The deal restricted the nuclear capabilities of Iran but did not allow the United States to check its military sites, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Despite differences in opinion on the deal itself, one should recognize that a regime whose parliament chants “Death to America” should not have nuclear weapons. The question is whether or not President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the deal benefited America’s interests.

This decision to withdraw from the Iran deal has been significantly blown out of proportion. First, the deal did not occur solely between America and Iran, but included five other countries Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany that are still a part of it today, according to Vox.

Furthermore, the deal is not permanent. The Washington Post reported that “restrictions on Iran’s ability to enrich uranium [will] expire within 10 to 15 years.” At the press conference, Netanyahu walked through how Iran kept secret documents illustrating how to enrich uranium, develop a nuclear core and prepare nuclear tests.

Those 100,000 documents showed that Iran planned to start their nuclear weapons program as soon as the deal allowed. Though the Iranian regime may have been largely compliant with the deal, they still researched how to place nuclear payloads onto missiles.

It did nothing to prevent future nuclearization of the dictatorship.

With the possibility of peace with North Korea on the horizon, America can’t appear weak. When President Trump pulled out of the Iran Deal, he showed that America is not afraid to walk away from the table. Long gone are the days of sending $400 million to Iran to sign a nuclear deal, as the Obama administration did, according to CNN. Trump sent the message that America is once again a force to be reckoned with.