It is common knowledge that Iran finances terrorists and terrorist organizations! There is little doubt, if any, about that fact.
The major nuclear powers, (U. S., China, Russia, Germany, France and the U. K.), referred to as the “P+5,” negotiated with Iran to curtail its nuclear program in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. The Agreement was finally agreed upon—with Iran downgrading most of its enriched uranium, shipping 95% of the centrifuges to a third country, and enabling the IAEA to monitor its activities and make unannounced inspections. The Agreement was finally signed on November 24, 2015.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had told the U. N. General Assembly, in a speech on November 27, 2012, that Iran was within two or three months of having a nuclear bomb. And then again, in a March 3, 2015, address to a Joint Session of the U. S. Congress, he said that the Iran deal “would all but guarantee that Iran gets [nuclear] weapons, lots of them.” Of course, Mr. Netanyahu did not mention that Israel has had a nuclear weapons arsenal for three decades.
Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, stated that such an agreement would be a positive move. The Saudis are the de facto leader of the more moderate Muslims in the Middle East; however, they also finance extremist factions and terrorism.
Given the length of time involved in addressing just this one—obviously most important—problem, there was no way for the nuclear powers to work-out an all-inclusive solution to all of its contentions with Iran. Accordingly, those other dangerous activities are not part of the Nuclear Agreement.
The Republicans in Congress had never favored the Nuclear Agreement, and when (then) Speaker John Boehner invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, they didn’t even pay sitting President Barack Obama the courtesy of an advisory phone call. Neither did Prime Minister Netanyahu even call to suggest a short visit with Mr. Obama.
Once again, Donald Trump appears ignorant of the importance of keeping Iran from having nuclear weapons, and he cannot understand why its other activities would have to be handled separately. Additionally, while Iran’s nuclear arms program might be somewhat narrow in scope, its many other offensive activities reach far and wide, and certainly could not be dealt with all at one time.
As usual, Donald Trump appears to have learned nothing during his nine months in office. Secretaries Rex Tillerson, of State and James Mattis, of Defense, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and the Joint Chief’s of Staff had all recommended that Trump not change the Iran Nuclear Agreement. Trump, however, apparently ignored that expert advice, and he just might go along with what he had proclaimed on the campaign trail, several years ago!