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Bolton: Trump Needs to Cut US Cleanly From Iran Nuke Agreement

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By    |   Friday, 29 September 2017 11:59 AM

President Donald Trump has correctly diagnosed the nuclear agreement with Iran, now he needs to make a clean cut to remove the United States from the accord, John Bolton wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.

The former UN ambassador says that Trump sees through "one of the worst and most one-sided transactions" that allows Iran to bolster its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in secret. But the president has to fight through advisers and allies who advocate half-measures to bolster an already half-baked and flawed pact.

Don't make the next certification, they advise Trump.

"Mr. Trump should not be deceived. The issue is not certification. The issue is whether we will protect U.S. interests and shatter the illusion that (former president) Mr. Obama's deal is achieving its stated goals, or instead timidly hope for the best while trading with the enemy, as the Europeans are doing," Bolton writes.

Meanwhile, Iran enjoys the freedom to do as it pleases, thanks to loose and weak language in the accord.

"The ayatollahs have neither the desire nor the incentive to renegotiate even a comma of the agreement. Why should they, when it is entirely to their advantage?" Bolton writes.

"The deal's language allows Iran to claim solemnly that its missiles are not 'designed' to carry nuclear warheads, an assertion whose verification would require polygraphs and psychologists, not weapons inspectors," Bolton writes.

"Failure to act decisively on Iran now worsens the global proliferation threat. The only sure way to resume economic pressure on Iran is for President Trump to stop waiving the sanctions, as he did a few weeks ago. The power to act is in executive hands, as it should be," Bolton writes.

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President Donald Trump has correctly diagnosed the nuclear agreement with Iran, now he needs to make a clean cut to remove the United States from the accord, John Bolton wrote in a column for The Wall Street Journal.
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