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Trump Wants to Replace The Iran Deal With The Iran Deal

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The New York Times and Washington Post previously reported that Trump walked away from changes to the Iran nuclear deal that he asked for, including the removal of a sunset clause that would have allowed Iran to produce more nuclear fuel after the year 2030, but that's not the only thing he walked away from.

The Guardian reports that European and American officials spent nearly half of the past year discussing a separate package of sanctions that would have targeted Iran's missile program which they hoped would convince Trump to stand by the nuclear deal.

Trump obviously walked away from that too, but it seems like an open question if he even knew about those negotiations.

Sources in the French and British governments who spoke to The Guardian say they don't believe Trump even read the proposal they handed to him and, instead of considering it, Trump and his cabinet have told our allies they they intend to follow "the North Korean scenario."

But Trump gave the impression during his 24 April meeting with Macron that he was not even aware those negotiations had been taking place. It was also clear that even after years of campaigning against the Iran agreement, the US president did not know what was in it.

Trump told Macron he thought his policy of “maximum pressure” had forced Kim Jong-un to the negotiating table ready to make concessions, and that the same approach would work on Iran. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has told European officials the same thing.

They call it the North Korean scenario. You squeeze the Iranians and they will do the same as Kim Jong-un. They will surrender in front of the American power,” a European official said.

We have, in fact, already applied "maximum pressure" to Iran. That's how the nuclear deal came to be. The deal was preceded by years of punishing sanctions that were lifted after Iran agreed to suspend its nuclear weapons program. We're now reimposing those sanctions even though Iran complied with the terms of the deal.

Trump and his cabinet apparently see themselves repeating the process we've already been through except this time the only allies he'll have (Iran's regional foes) will be irrelevant and no one believes we'll live up to our end of the bargain; because we haven't.

Now, given Trump's interpretation of his dealings with North Korea, I'm more concerned than ever about the immediate future.

What we know suggests Trump believes he has scared the North Koreans into subservient submission through anatomical girth alone and it's anyone's guess how he'll react if Kim Jong Un turns out to be just as much of a showman and liar as Trump is.

Trump and his cabinet apparently believe they've already won in Korea except the North hasn't actually agreed to anything concrete yet. These are not men who will react well if they discover they've been played.

It's a minor detail that we've come to expect at this point, but The Guardian also reports that Trump's own cabinet didn't know we would be withdrawing from the Iran deal until he tweeted it.

Even Bolton, Trump’s newest hire, was taken by surprise by Trump’s last Monday that he would announce his decision on the JCPOA the following day.

He was informed by an European official who saw the tweet while they were having a phone conversation, in which Bolton was supposed to be the one imparting information about US plans.

  • 1933john

    Herewith is my uneducated guess as to the
    outcome of the SUMMIT, if it ever takes place.

    Trump; “Nothing less than Unconditional
    Surrender, you little yellow gook”

    Kim: “Adios you honky mother-fucker”

    Both exit: Trump Stage Right sporting a “birdie”
    Kim Stage Reft “mooning” all the way

    • Aynwrong

      Sounds about right.

    • Nefercat

      With Benny Hill theme music throughout.

      • muselet


  • Aynwrong

    “Meet the new deal. Same as the old deal.”

    Sweet Jesus, these people are magnificent idiots.

  • Nefercat

    “was also clear that even after years of campaigning against the Iran agreement, the US president did not know what was in it”
    Even!? This implies that the stupid, nasty toddler running the country would first acquaint himself with a topic before making statements about it. Whatever in trump’s history gave the writer of the article that impression? Also, “ignorant bitching against” would be a more accurate phrase than “campaigning against.”

  • ninjaf

    This is what happens when you have your average Fox News viewer running the country.

    • Nefercat

      The trump administration in a nutshell. Well said.

  • Badgerite

    So the US is going to pull all of its forces out of the Middle East? Seems to be that is where trump is headed with Korea.
    Appeasement and withdrawal. Dressed up as ‘peace in our time’. Lord knows, China won’t mind. Fits in nicely with their aims of an Asian ‘sphere of influence’.

    • Yep, China gets the far East and some influence in parts of Africa and Russia gets the rest. The massive noise we hear is the sound of a vacuum as Trump destroys our influence around the world.

  • muselet

    “Maximum pressure”?

    Donald Trump has given Kim Jong-un almost everything he wanted (recognition, a summit meeting, woolly-headed musings on withdrawing US forces from South Korea) in exchange for bupkis. That’s not what pressure usually looks like.

    As for Iran, Trump doesn’t care that his reckless actions have damaged the reputation of the US and angered Iran, a major player in the Middle East whether he likes it or not, he only cares that he can undo something Barack Obama did.

    We’re being led by a madman.


    • David Greenberg

      You can’t make this shit up. If someone had written a book with this plot five years ago it would have been laughed off the market. Where or when will this nightmare end?

      • Christopher Foxx

        Where or when will this nightmare end?

        We can start its end with the midterms.

    • stacib23

      Are you hearing Kim Jong un is now backing away? Only an idiot thought this dude was going to cut ANY deal that included getting rid of his weapons. trump got publicly played.

      • muselet

        Wouldn’t it be swell if Donald Trump actually were a skilled negotiator?


  • This is the perfect summary of one of the things wrong with Trump and his cohorts.

    Yet when we point out it, we get ridiculed.

    • Aynwrong

      Yup. All Trump’s disciples (at this point, that really is what they are) know and respect is the tough guy blather they snarf down from Fox, Limbaugh and the like. If threatening hyperbole isn’t involved, it’s too wimpy for them.