Iran’s Zarif to Trump: ‘Renegotiate’ nuclear deal? Not possible

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016

Despite Donald Trump’s pledge to do so, the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers can’t be renegotiated, Iran’s foreign minister said.

The deal “is not an Iran-U.S. agreement for the Republican front-runner or anybody else to renegotiate. It’s an international understanding annexed to a Security Council resolution,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said, according to an Associated Press report.

Donald Trump and son Eric Trump. /Reuters
Donald Trump and son Eric Trump. /Reuters

Trump’s son Eric said earlier this week that his father decided to launch his presidential campaign due to the business mogul’s outrage over the Iran deal.

“I think, honestly, the Iran nuclear deal was one of the things that made him jump into the race,” Eric Trump told New York’s AM 970 The Answer radio. “I think that was a game changer for him.”

“That is when he finally said, ‘Kids, I am going to do it. I am going to give this a real shot.’ ”

Trump said during his speech at the AIPAC policy conference in March that rolling back the “disastrous” deal with Iran was one of his top priorities.

“This deal is catastrophic, for America, for Israel and for the whole Middle East,” he said at the time.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has said she supports deal.

Many analysts have compared the Iran deal to a similar deal sealed by former President Bill Clinton with North Korea in 1994 that paved the way for the communist regime’s path to a nuclear arsenal. The country’s first nuclear test took place in 2006.

Under the Iran deal, limitations on its nuclear program expire in 15 years, at which point it could and likely will race to build a nuclear arsenal at which point many Middle Eastern nations, led by Saudi Arabia, will follow suit.

Iran can, and may already have, easily breach the deal which has Teheran inspect its own covert nuclear facilities such as Parchin, requiring a notice of 24 days before international inspectors can access such sites.

Since the deal was completed, Iran has already breached UN sanctions on ballistic missile tests.

It was recently revealed by senior White House aide Ben Rhodes that the Obama White House tricked the public on the nuclear deal, using an “echo chamber” of supportive groups to sell the deal and falsely claiming the talks were launched with “moderate” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when he came into office in 2013, when in reality they were started with hardliners a year before.