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May 25, 2018

Iran proves that Trump can’t recognise a good deal

Donald Trump may have fulfilled his election promise to quit the Iran deal, but he certainly wasn't doing so to get out of a "bad deal".

Professor Damien Kingsbury

Crikey international affairs commentator

If Donald Trump is good at one thing, it’s keeping his word on election promises. The promises may have been utterly crazy, but Trump does appear to be sincere about trying to deliver. Abandoning the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with the "strongest sanctions in history" is a key case in point.

Apart from a poorly informed campaign promise, there’s no logical reason why Trump has dumped the Iran nuclear deal. It was not, as he said, "insane" and he was incorrect to claim that the US has paid Iran hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to sustain the deal. The US instead lifted a blockade on Iranian bank accounts, which provided Iranians with access to billions of their own money.

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7 thoughts on “Iran proves that Trump can’t recognise a good deal

  1. Roger Clifton

    Where do you get this,”abandoning its civilian nuclear power program” from? Iran is required to abandon its military weapons program, for sure. And they are required to downgrade all enriched uranium to low fuel grade, less than 3.7% U235. However their civilian nuclear program continues. The Bushehr reactor routinely generates 1000 MW, and two more such units are planned alongside it. Its fuel is manufactured in Russia, presumably including a LEU swap. All civilian nuclear facilities are under inspection by the IAEA.

    1. Wayne Cusick

      Roger, “abandoning its civilian nuclear power program” is a demand from Washington now that they have dumped the previous arrangement.

      It wasn’t part of the deal that has been in place for a few years.

      1. Roger Clifton

        Wayne, thanks for the correction. Iran does not need an enrichment program for fuel when e.g. Russia is able to supply all their fuel needs. So I guess it is the enrichment facilities that the Trumpians want abandoned, not their noncarbon power supply.

  2. old greybearded one

    Alas Professor K, I think you misunderstand the Trumpian thinking. The Iran deal is about Sucking up to the Saudis where his business interests lie. The other half is obviously the Kushner families close ties to Israel and making the Netanyahu scum happy. Trump does not give a toss and he is currently smashing whatever integrity the US has everywhere he goes.

  3. klewso

    Can Trump see beyond the edge of the domestic stage – his need to be liked at home?

  4. AR

    Inadvertently this transcription from Langley VA conveys useful information about the Deep State – clearly it is having conniptions but the Orange Ogre is on a roll.
    It defies credulity that a single brain could encompass the thought of the ayatollahs supporting sunni Taliban but then I doubt that sufficient functioning neurons remain beneath Axminster.

  5. Peter Schulz

    Peace is not in the interests of the US and Israel. Their economies now depend on the machinery of war and the surveillance state, and there are too many powerbrokers in both nations who personally benefit from these industries. War used to have the disincentive of being bad for the economy – but no longer, unfortunately.

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