President Trump has ordered his National Security Council (NSC) to conduct an interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), colloquially known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. Citing the Islamic Republic’s terror-funding campaigns across the Middle East, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson briefed Congress on the Trump administration’s increasingly hardline stance against Iran in a letter sent Tuesday.
“Iran remains a leading state sponsor of terror through many platforms and methods,” Tillerson wrote. “President Donald J. Trump has directed a National Security Council-led interagency review of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that will evaluate whether suspension of sanctions related to Iran pursuant to the JCPOA is vital to the national security interests of the United States.”
“When the interagency review is completed, the administration looks forward to working with Congress on this issue,” he added.
While Tillerson stressed the fact that Iran is technically complying with the literal language of the nuclear accord, he suggested that Tehran’s military posturing and terror financing not only undermines the spirit of the deal but threatens stability across the region.
“Tehran’s malign activities across the Middle East and elsewhere have prompted the Trump administration to place all aspects of the nuclear agreement under critical review, which is viewed by some as a first step to nixing some controversial aspects of the accord, including the massive sanctions relief package,” reports The Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo. “U.S. officials familiar with the review told the Free Beacon that Iran’s continued support for terrorism has become a sticking point for the Trump administration as it reviews the agreement and the previous administration’s policy toward Iran.”
As Iran expands its military capabilities, including ballistic missiles arsenal, it’s becoming increasingly clear that former President Obama exploited the symbolic power of nuclear warfare to sidestep the fact that Iran’s conventional weapons may pose a more immediate and realistic threat to the United States and its interests abroad.
With a new president in office, White House officials are now sounding the alarm on Iran’s conventional weapons buildup and hostile activities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere.
Unlike Obama, Trump doesn’t think its fair for Iran to enjoy the splendor of economic sanctions relief as it dispatches its Iranian Revolutionary Guard units to conflict zones in order to expand its sphere of influence.
As a result, the NSC and other organs of the administration’s national security team seem intent on reversing some of the sanctions relief packages offered on a silver platter to the anti-American mullahs of Iran. All economic sanctions provided under the previous administration appear to be under active review. After receiving billions in frozen funds and assets, Iran may soon see its Obama-blessed dollars dry up.