In 2015, the Obama administration created an agreement with multiple countries to limit Iran’s weapon and nuclear programs. Various countries around the world signed this contract. Every year, all those countries gather to confirm that they want the contract to continue. President Donald Trump had the chance to not sign it, which would have ended the sanctions.
If Trump had refused to sign, the Iran nuclear deal framework could have been removed. President Trump has called the Iran nuclear deal, “One of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” He announced that he wished to disavow the agreement unless Congress legislated more restrictions.
Ultimately, the House of Representatives created a new legislation which enforced new sanctions and required more access to Iran. Iran is now even more restricted on what they are allowed to do with long-range ballistic missiles. The sanctions were passed with a 423-2 vote. Both parties were largely in agreement. The bill was passed in an attempt to hold Iran accountable for behavior deemed as destabilizing.
If such a bill had not been passed, the U.S. could have angered our allies who supported the original agreement. Many congressmen understood this risk. Some even thought that President Trump’s attempt to disavow the agreement was just a venture to undermine President Barack Obama’s work.
There have also been rumors flying of missile tests in violation of the Iran Missile Agreement. Even President Trump stated on his Twitter account, “Iran just test-fired a Ballistic Missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea. Not much of an agreement we have!” There has been a continual argument since, going back and forth about whether or not Trump’s statement was true.
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