Donald Trump’s pick to be the new director of the CIA, Rep. Mike Pompeo, has minced no words about the Iran nuclear deal:
Trump has called the deal "the worst deal ever negotiated," but within days of his election there were rumors that he seemed to be backtracking on tearing the deal up. In October, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said a Trump administration would "rip up the Iran deal." But two days after the election, Trump adviser Walid Phares told the BBC, “'Ripping up' is maybe a too strong of word. He's gonna take that agreement, it's been done before in international context, and then review it. He will take the agreement, review it, send it to Congress, demand from Iranians to restore few issues or change few issues. And there will be a discussion; it could be a tense discussion."
Phares later backed off, stating, “Iran Deal will be dismantled.”
Things are getting worse: as The Weekly Standard reported, “Last week, Iran was again in violation of the JCPOA. According to a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran exceeded the deal's threshold for heavy water, a material used in the production of weapons-grade plutonium.”
As Fred Fleitz explained in National Review:
The U.S. agreed to huge concessions to get this agreement, from no restrictions on Iran’s sponsorship of terrorism to no inspections of military facilities. There were secret side deals withheld from Congress that permitted Iran to inspect itself for past nuclear-weapons work and receive secret planeloads of cash in exchange for freeing U.S. hostages. To get the $150 billion in sanctions relief Iran wanted, there was another secret side deal — also withheld from the U.S. Congress — which granted Tehran exemptions for failing to meet some of the agreement’s key requirements.
Fleitz continued by laying out what actions Trump could take:
1. Iran must cease all uranium enrichment and uranium-enrichment research.
2. Iran cannot have a heavy-water reactor or a plant to produce heavy water.
3. Iran agrees to robust verification, including “anytime, anywhere” inspections by IAEA inspectors of all declared and suspect nuclear sites.
4. Iran must fully and truthfully answer all questions about its past nuclear-weapons-related work.
5. Iran must agree to limitations on its ballistic-missile program.
6. Sanctions will only be lifted in stages, in response to Iranian compliance with the agreement.
7. Iran must agree to end its meddling in regional conflicts and its sponsorship of terror.
8. Threats by Iran to ships in the Persian Gulf, U.S. naval vessels, and American troops must stop.
9. Iran must cease its hostility toward Israel.
10. Iran must release all U.S. prisoners.
How resolute Trump will be is anyone's guess.