Foreign Policy Speech Vol. 2: Trump Implies Iran Is Developing Weapons

Here is Volume 2 of our continuing suite on Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech in Washington on Wednesday.

Immediately after the statements from our previous post, Trump launches into his disdain for the recent Iran nuclear agreement. Check the 13:20 mark of the above video.

“(President Obama) negotiated a disastrous deal with Iran, and then we watch them ignore its terms, even before the ink was dry. Iran cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Cannot be allowed, remember that, cannot be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. And under a Trump Administration will never, ever be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”

It is unclear what Trump is referring to when he say that Iran “ignored the terms” of the deal. There was a ballistic missile test in July by Iran that was in violation of a UN agreement, as well as the taking of US sailors in December and has been purchasing jets from Russia. As Obama has stated, these violate the “spirit” of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, but Iran seems to be adhering to the heart of the agreement which the dismantling of its nuclear program.

Donald Trump is not necessarily wrong to criticize the Iran nuclear deal, as Iran has violated some of the tenants by testing ballistic missiles. However, Trump implies that Iran violated it by continuing to develop nuclear weapons, and there is no evidence of that.



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