Art of the NO Deal 🙅

President Trump signing a memorandum reimposing sanction on Iran.

President Trump signing a memorandum reimposing sanction on Iran.

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It’s official. Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Iran Nuclear Deal. In a nutshell, the deal lifted sanctions on Iran if they agreed to end their nuclear arms programs and consent to regular checkups by an international nuclear agency. It was seen as a pivotal accomplishment for then President Obama. Now that the U.S. is out, Trump plans to reimpose sanctions that were lifted.

International blowback

  • Trump’s decision did not sit well with the international community. The deal also involved the U.K., Russia, France, China, Germany and the European Union. Reps from some of these countries tried to lobby Trump to stay in the deal. After Trump’s announcement that it was being scrapped, they immediately condemned his decision and affirmed their commitment to uphold the deal, which could make things prettttty pretttty awkward.

The right has always viewed the Iran Deal as a disaster that never should have happened. Trump’s rationale for withdrawing from the deal is that it failed to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions and didn’t make the region safer (e.g. Syria). He argues it was too “one-sided” and that the U.S. essentially got squeezed, allowing Iran to receive billions of dollars in assets that were once frozen. The right views this decision as a strong message to dictatorial countries looking to pursue nuclear weapons.


The left contends that the Iran Deal kept the region safe from the threat of nuclear weapons. Now, they’re wary of Iran ramping up its nuclear warhead development, potentially leading to a very scary scenario: an Iran that possesses nuclear weapons. They believe that pulling out of the deal will only escalate tensions in the region, ruin American credibility, and alienate the other countries that signed the deal.

Future deal for the expert dealmaker?

Trump and his team have expressed a desire to pursue negotiations with Iran to come up with a new deal, one that Trump believes will be more favorable to the U.S. For now, though, Iran isn’t interested in negotiating with the U.S.  An interesting thing to note is that the deal could remain in place without the U.S. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is determined to uphold the deal if the other countries in the deal provide certain guarantees.

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