The U.S. pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran, and now it looks like the energy powerhouse wannabe has decided to do the same regardless of the rest of the world begging them not to. Reports are telling the story that Iranian stockpiles of uranium, the substance used in the generation of nuclear power and some nuclear weapons, now exceed the agreed upon total in the infamous 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
Iran has breached the limit on the amount of enriched uranium it is allowed to hold, in violation of the nuclear deal it signed with the U.S. and other world powers in 2015, state-run IRNA reported Monday.
The news agency quoted foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as making the announcement Monday. The deal limited Iran to 300 kg (661 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 3.67 %.
Iran warned on June 17 that it would soon breach the terms of the landmark agreement if the European signatories did not act to prevent tough sanctions being imposed by U.S. that stop foreign businesses from trading with Iran and buying its oil.
The Europeans and everyone else could not talk President Donald Trump and his team out of laying economically crippling sanctions on Iran, and so they are tossing the deal themselves.
This, however, is not the end of the fiasco by any means. By the terms of the deal, Iran’s violation now triggers something even more economically aggressive.
There can now be multilateral sanctions against Iran, for breaching the terms of the 2015 agreement have been breached — although the deal was unlikely to be effective without American support.
It now appears the deal is kaput from all directions.
Most Americans of a patriotic stripe always did believe that this particular deal was a boondoggle. With President Trump calling it the worst deal ever, its fate was all but sealed.
Yet another failure to add to the Barack Obama legacy as “leader of the free world.”