Kim, Jong-un; Donald J. Trump; Kaboom; and Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei
(World Focus: The Two in the Middle)
Trump told reporters this week he had made a decision on what to do about the Iran nuclear agreement, approved by the U.S. (under Obama) along with Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany, but he would not say what he had decided.
Trump does not like the deal but that does not mean Washington would withdraw from the pact, or if so how Iran and other 5 nations would react.
Background: The prospect of us reneging on the deal has worried some allies that helped negotiate it, especially as the world grapples with another nuclear crisis in North Korea.
Further: If Trump does not certify next month that Iran is complying with the accord, Congress would have 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions waived under the deal or not.
Trump called Iran (during his recent U.N. speech): “A corrupt dictatorship that supports terrorism and is destabilizing the Middle East (sic).”
Iran’s Reaction: “Trump made big mistakes in this speech. “There were baseless and unfounded accusations. It wasn’t worthy of the United Nations or an individual who sees himself as the president of a country,” said Iranian President Rouhani.
The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (the highest authority in the Islamic Republic picture above) also criticized Trump during a meeting with the Iranian Assembly of Experts, a body tasked with choosing the next Supreme Leader saying in part: “This [Trump’s] speech was not a sign of power but rather a sign of anger, frustration and stupidity.”
1. “Republican Lawmakers Vow Fight to Derail Nuclear Deal” July 14, 2015
2. “The Public Backs Nuclear Deal with Iran by 2-1 Margin” June 30, 2015
3. “Consensus of Nuclear / Other Experts Favor Agreement with Iran” July 6, 2015
4. “Obama's Remarks on the Agreement” July 14, 2015
5. “$1.4 Million Ad Targets the Agreement” June 23, 2015