A President Trump will demand changes to Iran nuclear deal, adviser says

by WorldTribune Staff, November 11, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump will act quickly to change the Iran nuclear agreement, a Trump adviser said on Nov. 10.

Donald Trump has vowed to change the "disastrous" nuclear deal with Iran. /Reuters
Donald Trump has vowed to change the “disastrous” nuclear deal with Iran. /Reuters

“He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from the Iranians to restore a few issues or change a few issues, and there will be a discussion,” Walid Phares told CNN.

“It could be a tense discussion but the agreement as is right now – $750 billion to the Iranian regime without (the U.S.) receiving much in return and increasing intervention in four countries – that is not going to be accepted by a Trump administration.”

During the campaign, Trump had vowed to “rip up” the “disastrous” agreement.

Speaking to BBC radio on Nov. 10, Phares clarified that while Trump might not actually rip up the agreement, he would act to change it.

“Ripping up is maybe a too strong of word, he’s gonna take that agreement, it’s been done before in international context, and then review it,” the adviser said.

A day after the U.S. election, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said there was “no possibility” that the nuclear deal with world powers would be overturned by Trump.