Former President Barack Obama is calling President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran deal a “serious mistake” that will erode America’s global credibility. Obama’s administration brokered the deal. He says Tuesday that Trump’s decision to withdraw is “misguided,” especially because Iran has been complying.
The following is the full statement released by the Oabama Administration:
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.
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.
(YWN World Headquarters – NYC / AP)
Only serious mistake was having him as president
Nobody asked you
Muslim in chief
Hey Obama, if you were so worried about US credibility, why didn’t you make sure to get senate approval? Why did you knive the Senate in an unconstitutional way to do this deal?
Why did he respond only now?
Perhaps his presidency was a “serious mistake”
He surely weakened America and helped Iran and other Muslim extremists
(You would thik he felt he was a “Shaliach” for Iran!!!!
Said the “biggest mistake” this country ever saw.
Enough! You had your time! Done your damage! You rewarded the Iranians with 1.6 billion dollars and enabled them to finance their nuclear ambition and further their obliteration of Israel platfom. Now, hopefully, some of your destruction could be reversed! That’s why we voted to reverse your destructive action.
What a bunch of gobbledygook from the creator of the pathway for Iran to get nukes. He purposefully schemed all types of “deals” including this one to enable Muslim Supremacy. How come no one ever deems it worthy to mention that Isis was virtually created by this maniac and somehow in a few short months Trump eradicated them doing what OBOMBa claimed was not realistically possible.
Basically Obama and Kerrys argument to keep the IRan Nuclear deal is as follows.
We do not want a war. Even if it is against a Islamic Fundamentalist country that trains, arms and supports terrorist groups as Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and in Yemen that endanger allies of the US such as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Israel, Yemen and more. Even as we see Iranian influence and forces have increased in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq.
Because we are afraid of war. Instead we should make a deal for 15 years and for sure we will go to war in 15 years if Iran suddenly quickly goes nuclear at that time and will be able to cause very much more destruction to the world if we go to war at that time.
This great deal included giving this supporter of terror groups billions of dollars at the start.
If it was now the time of Hitler would Obama and Kerry have gone to war with Hitler or would have said – Why should we go to war just to save JEWS. Lets make a Deal with the Nazis, they can not kill Jews with Gas for 15 years! They can still put the in ghettoes and labor camps and take all their property and shoot them – just not use gas —for 15 years!
NUFF SAID?!? It should be noted Iran is free to develop Long Range Missiles that can reach the USA during this whole time and by 1 years can arm them with nuclear weapons! It should be furhter noted despite repeated requests the Allies Did Not Ever Bomb Railroad tracks Leading to Death Camps which could have said tes of thousands of lives. Now Descendents of Many of Those Holocaust survivors are in Israel and Obama and friends produce a dangerous agreement with a regime that boasts it will destroy Israel and supports hamas Islamic Jihad and hezbollah that actively train to.
Obama was the serious mistake. Sorry that some people don’t want crazy terrorists to have nukes and buckets of cash, maybe just go away.
Barry, YOU were the one who made a serious mistake !
No one has any comment???
Hey, mamzer: we feel your pain, nut deal with it
stupid obama. have the iranian regime really been complying to the deal?? how. iran has NOT cut back on their nuclear program-actualy increased, since sanctions were released. and, iran did and does NOT allow any monitoring on its nuclear sites. they also are the biggest supporter of terrorism (part;y due to the lifting of the sanctions). thank you pres trump for ending this horrible deal. we are finally showing the world what it means america first and not the other way around (like in obamas era)
bh we have a President that has our interests at heart and doesn’t do as the greedy politicians have done. bh!!