Iran has resorted to threats against America in its efforts to maintain “the deal” signed off by Barack Obama. Under the original conditions, Iran would gain many benefits for not engaging in building weapons; but they have sites that are off limits to independent inspectors, and hide away areas that would prove they are complying.
President Trump called this “the worst deal in history” and as there are no checks and balances on it, he may well be right. As the US threatens to pull out of this accord involving Russia, China, the US, Britain, France, and Germany know as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian reaction has been one of anger.
The Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, had some harsh words for America. He said:
“Definitely, the measure that the Islamic Republic would take and the reaction that the international community would show to the US move would be very unpleasant to the Americans.”
We do not know for sure if Iran is n the process of breaking the deal, but we do know that they are still one of the largest sponsors of terrorism and give full backing to both Hamas and Hezbollah, both notorious terror groups.
Deals should only be done with nations that are seeking friendlier terms (or are already friends). If you make deals with your enemies, you can't rely on them to keep up their end. The conditions of the deal were poor to begin with, and essentially just made those involved feel good about themselves and look great to their home audience. It has not actually helped anyone.
Yes, we should have a deal with Iran; no one wants to see yet another country fall into turmoil where real people are displaced and killed. But the deal has to be honest. And it needs to have real checks and consequences.