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‘A serious mistake’: Read Barack Obama’s statement on President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal

President Barack Obama

Previous President Barack Obama scrutinized President Donald Trump’s choice Tuesday to pull the U.S. out of the Iran atomic arrangement.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, was arranged and actualized amid Obama’s administration. The U.S. withdrawal satisfies a Trump battle guarantee.

The 2015 agreement lifted authorizes on Iran that injured its economy and cut its oil trades generally down the middle. In return for sanctions alleviation, Iran acknowledged cutoff points on its atomic program and permitted global overseers into its offices. Hauling out of the arrangement could strain conciliatory associations with U.S. partners, for example, France and Germany, and it could have gradually expanding influences in the oil advertise.

“I trust that the choice to put the JCPOA in danger with no Iranian infringement of the arrangement is a genuine misstep,” Obama.

Here’s Obama’s full explanation:

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.

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.

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