DONALD TRUMP’s wrestle with Iran over its nuclear programme has ended with heightened tensions as Tehran now accelerates its missile development having ignored restrictions set by the nuclear deal for years, according to analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu.
The failure of US President Trump represents another blow on the international stage, as Iran’s undermining of the nuclear deal has resulted in US troops on the verge of Middle East withdrawal. On July 14, 2015, the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States), the European Union, and Iran reached a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful. The deal would see restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear development, limiting its capacity to enrich uranium, reprocess fuel and would force Iranian nuclear sites to become transparent to regulatory checks by international bodies. However, in what has proved to be a counter-productive venture for the Trump administration, Iran has frequently looked to undermine the restrictions placed under the nose of Trump, the EU and the rest of the P5+1.