It just wasn’t working out. Or some such nonsense, I don’t know.
As Krishnadev Calamur from the Atlantic writes, Trump has recently announced that he is no longer going to ratify the Iran Deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In doing so, he will reapply the sanctions previously in place on Iran, however he is likely to enact these things alone, as neither Europe, Russia nor China seem to be terribly interested in applying their own sanctions to Iran, nor do any of the other trading partners of Tehran, such as India. And that is one of the major reasons why leaving the Iran deal is just fucking stupid. I know I should try to be more eloquent, but good fucking god these people have no understanding of planning, or consequence. Or thought.
By simply unilaterally leaving (or rejecting or whatever you want to call it) with neither a plan beyond “Sanctions!”, coordination with other nations to actually cause economic stagnation and damage beyond simply ending Americas already limited involvement in the Iranian economy, or a series of UN responses to politically isolate the Tehran regime. Instead they’ve pulled out and will have to deal with the brunt of the consequences themselves, including the provision in the JCPOA which allows either members to refer to the UN to rebuke and punish nations that flout the agreement. You know, like America has.
And it’s not like the Plan doesn’t have flaws! It is a limited document, which deals with a singular part of the regimes technology and military developments, and does nothing to prevent their involvement or support of dangerous regimes, or terrorist groups or any such thing. It is by no means perfect. But that’s the thing, it was never designed to deal with any of that. It focused solely on the Nuclear ambitions of Tehran, and any perceived limits on other efforts to limit their involvement in the aforementioned groups and efforts can be worked around if those involved were suitably motivated. Which is part of the reason why most people outside of the US think simply leaving the Iran deal out of what looks like some form of spite against Obama, and antipathy for Iran is fucking stupid.
Still, at this stage at least Iran is trying to work with this deal despite the US, openly moving towards negotiations with France and Germany in an attempt to try and at lest look like the reasonable partner in this, and potentially try and bend this situation to their economic benefit. And if I had to guess why that is, any economic benefit they can gain from this deal (and the political stability that provides, remembering the recent protests) is much more valuable than nukes.
(and yes, I updated! imagine that)