President Donald Trump has made no secret of his dislike for the agreement, calling it “the worst deal ever” while on the campaign trail. Since coming to office, he has vowed to withdraw from the agreement unless U.S. and European negotiators fix its “disastrous flaws.”
While the two cases are “very different,” Iran offers lessons to those involved in similar negotiations with North Korea, according to Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow at New America, a Washington think tank where she directs a long-running U.S.-Iran policy dialogue.
“The process of diplomacy that the United States pursued with Iran could offer some insights on how to begin engagement with an adversary whose leadership is extremely distrustful of the United States and vice versa,” she wrote in a post for the Arms Control Association.
Who else opposes it?
Regional U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Israel, are also vehemently against the agreement saying it has not worked to curb Iran’s aggressiveness or ambitions.
Some of Iran policies in the Middle East run counter to U.S. interests and those of its allies. Tehran threatens Israel, backs Hezbollah — a powerful Lebanese militia and political group — and is involved in conflicts in Yemen, Iraq and Bahrain.
The Trump White House has also been critical of Iran for its support of President Bashar al-Assad during Syria’s vicious seven-year civil war.
How widespread is support for the deal?
Other countries that signed the deal with the U.S., including allies France, Britain and France, have called on Washington to stick to the agreement.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron has said that while it was imperfect, there was no “Plan B.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also defended the pact, saying an imperfect deal is better than no deal and that her country will “watch very closely” to ensure it is being fulfilled.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says it is “not negotiable.”
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