Follow the money, Mr. President, behind Iran deal

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

Europe-Iran being chummyPressure is mounting on President Donald Trump to continue with the controversial Iran nuclear deal but a national security analyst says Trump only needs to follow the money trail.

As soon as the Iran deal was struck in 2015, says national security analyst Bob Maginnis, Europe's wealthy executives were flying into Tehran to write contracts and sign lucrative deals.  

"And so it enriched them tremendously," he says. "That's all they really care about."

An economic analysis of the Iran deal, written by an economist in March, describes how Iran is determined to be a regional leader in technology and economics by 2025. But it can only achieve that goal with lucrative deals from European companies, and the key to that cooperation is the nuclear deal.

Maginnis

French President Emanuel Macron has been meeting with President Trump this week and German Prime Minister Angela Merkel is hitting town on Friday, and both of them are lobbying Trump to keep the deal in place despite his public skepticism that it's a "disaster." 

Trump, meanwhile, is demanding substantial changes that are opposed by the United Kingdom, Germany, and France.

Iran nuclear deal reachedThe deal must be certified by the U.S. president every 120 days, and so far President Trump has certified it – meaning the U.S. government concedes Iran is abiding by the agreement.

The next deadline, to either renew it or back away, is May 12.

Maginnis says President Trump should take a hard look at the deal and not be afraid to walk away.

"If the President has reason to believe that the Iranians are cheating at all," says Maginnis, "we either renegotiate or we drop the deal like a cold salmon; that's what I recommend."

There is good reason to believe Iran is cheating, beginning with the fact that they won't allow inspectors on the ground to do their jobs, he says.

 

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