Crisis Group Report on Status of Nuclear Deal

January 19, 2017

The International Crisis Group released a report on the one-year anniversary of the nuclear deal’s implementation. It highlights uncertainly around the agreement’s continued implementation. It notes that the new U.S. administration, should it seek to renegotiate aspects of the nuclear deal, would have “more credibility in offering incentives to Iran than President Barack Obama ever did” because President Trump will likely be backed by the Republican-controlled Congress. The following is the executive summary of the report with a link to the full text.

 

Iran Meets Fordow Milestone

January 19, 2017

Under the nuclear deal, Iran was required to remove certain infrastructure and excess centrifuges from the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant by the one-year anniversary of implementation, January 16, 2017. The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Yukiya Amano, and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, have both confirmed Iran’s compliance. Their remarks are below.

 

Mike Pompeo on Iran

January 12, 2017

On January 12, the Senate Intelligence Committee held a confirmation hearing for Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President Donald Trump’s nominee for Central Intelligence Agency Director. He said that as a member of Congress, he opposed the nuclear deal, but acknowledged that his role would change upon confirmation. “First, you have my commitment that we, if I’m confirmed at the Agency, will continue to evaluate their compliance with the Agreement in the way that you just described the Agency has been doing to date,” he said.

Rex Tillerson on Iran

January 12, 2017

On January 11, former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his nomination to be secretary of state in the Donald Trump administration. He said Iran poses a great threat to the world because of its “refusal to conform to international norms.” If confirmed, Tillerson said that he would conduct a “full review” of the nuclear deal and begin considering next steps.

Poll: Most Americans Oppose Withdrawing from Nuclear Deal

January 6, 2017

Nearly two thirds of Americans oppose withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal to negotiate a better one, according to a new survey from the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation (PPC). “Though President-elect [Donald] Trump campaigned on ripping up the deal and seeking to negotiate a better one, the majority of Americans would rather continue with the deal as long as Iran continues to comply with its terms,” said PPC Director Steven Kull.

CIA Chief Warns Trump Against Ending Iran Deal

November 30, 2016

CIA Director John Brennan warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that tearing up the nuclear deal would be “the height of folly.” In an interview with the BBC, Brennan said that backing out of an agreement made by a previous administration would be unprecedented. During the U.S. presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly promised to end the deal.  “My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” he said in March 2016.

Obama on Iran deal in Trump Presidency

November 15, 2016

At a press conference on November 14, President Obama discussed how the 2016 election might affect the historic Iran nuclear deal. The following is an excerpt of a question about the deal’s future after Donald Trump assumes the presidency and Obama’s reply.

Q: President-elect Trump threatened to unravel the Iran nuclear deal that your administration worked very hard to get.  What would be a concern if he alters part of it?  And what would your advice be, considering that he said he’s open to advice?