Iran Nuclear Deal: U.S. Congress fails to meet President Trump’s Demands to Fix JCPOA

On 12 december 2017, the U.S. Congres failed to adhere to President Trump’s request to impose harsher sanctions on Iran to fix the existing nuclear deal, also known as the JCPOA. As I reported earlier, in October 2017, President Trump refused to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA. In this context, he requested the U.S. Congress (and the other JCPOA-signatories) to impose stricter sanctions against Iran within a 60-day deadline. As a result, the ball is back in President Trump’s court to decide on the future of the JCPOA. It’s reported that President Trump might make a decision on the future of the nuclear accord by mid-January 2018. 

As predicated, the push for harsher sanctions against Iran, has failed. Despite the flaws in the nuclear agreement, Iran has complied with its JCPOA obligations. Further, I’ve argued that it would be better that the U.S. remain a JCPOA signatory, i.e. to amend the JCPOA, rather than to kill the deal. Further, it might also further isolate the U.S. in the Middle East; not to mention the fact that it might give North Korea an excuse, albeit a feeble one, not to negotiate on dismantling its nuclear weapons program. 

To be continued… 

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