The chief legacy of Barack Obama’s foreign policy is not the Iran nuclear deal, which could not even survive his successor, but rather the visceral partisanship that he fostered at home while trying to defend the deal.
A new video shows Iranians, some of them children, attending rallies to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and repeating threats against the United States made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Recent comments from Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, are the latest evidence that Iran completely outmaneuvered the Obama administration while negotiating the nuclear deal.
Iran’s leaders only have themselves to blame for their current troubles.
Senior Iranian leaders on Thursday signaled the country is on the brink of restarting its contested nuclear weapons program, disclosing the Islamic Republic is prepared to restart the full-scale enrichment of uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, if it does not continue to receive cash windfalls from European countries still committed to the landmark nuclear agreement.
The possibility of new European Union sanctions against Iran to punish the hardline regime for terror plots in France and Denmark could set the course for a more unified Western policy toward Tehran’s non-nuclear threats, according to a regional expert.
The Trump administration has allowed European countries to continue cooperating with Iran’s nuclear activities at a contested, secretive facility where Iran had wanted to make weapons-grade uranium, one of many loopholes in the recently announced sanctions reimposition that Iran hawks have criticized as being too weak.
Congress is working to pass new legislation that would completely cut Iran’s access to international financial systems amid criticism by Iran hawks claiming the Trump administration’s Treasury Department is seeking to keep these financial lines open, a major concession to Tehran and European allies scrambling to save the landmark nuclear agreement.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) released a statement on Wednesday applauding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for withdrawing the United States from the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of having a “secret atomic warehouse” in Tehran for its illicit nuclear weapons program during a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.