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Tags: nicholas burns | trump | iran deal | plan b

Former Amb. Burns: Trump Lacks 'Plan B' on Iran Deal

Former Amb. Burns: Trump Lacks 'Plan B' on Iran Deal
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By    |   Wednesday, 09 May 2018 02:47 PM

It is hard to determine if President Donald Trump has a "Plan B" in mind after pulling the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, former Ambassador Nicholas Burns said Wednesday.

"We don't have a plan to put Iran back into a strait jacket," Burns told MSNBC's "Morning Joe." 

"He hasn't told us how he will constrain Iran's nuclear program. We are certainly worse off outside the deal than inside the deal."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran will remain in the deal for now, but that could change, Burns warned, should the nation's hardliners demand the regime end the arrangement.

Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, also appearing on the program, agreed with Burns that it was not good for Trump to pull out of the deal, commenting that it "reinforces the notion" that the United States is a "rogue country" that does not stand behind the deals it makes.

"There is no reason to do this now," said Haass, pointing out that Trump didn't present evidence that Iran was not complying with the nuclear bill, and that pulling out strains U.S. relations with its European allies.

The nuclear agreement constrained Iran for at least the foreseeable future, for at least the next decade, Haass added.

Further, Iran's economy is not on the brink of failing, as growth is now higher than four percent, and oil output is "far higher" than it was before the sanctions of about 6 years ago, said Haass.

"Yes, inflation is running somewhat high but the idea that Iran is on the brink and if only we squeezed them this is going to force fundamental changes in policy or even in the dreams of some regime change, is simply not, is not going to happen," said Haass.

The main way to pressure Iran, he continued, would be through the countries that deal with it, which could spur a trade war with Europe.

"I thought we already had enough of that," he said. "Who is the biggest importers of Iranian oil? One of them happens to be India. That's one of the countries the United States is trying to build a strategic partnership. The other one is China."

Burns noted that he and Haass both served on President George H.W.'s national security staff during the Cold War, but "we got through the end of the Cold War because of the brilliant leadership of president George H.W. Bush, a well-functioning NSC staff and a great secretary of state. We don't have that right now in President Trump."

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It is hard to determine if President Donald Trump has a "Plan B" in mind after pulling the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, former Ambassador Nicholas Burns said Wednesday.
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