President Trump Announces a New Strategy on Iran

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On October 13, President Donald J. Trump introduced a new strategy on Iran and mentioned a number of steps the U.S. is taking to confront the Iranian regime’s adversarial actions to ensure they in no way acquire a nuclear weapon.

President Trump referred to this new approach after a entire assessment of U.S. policy toward Iran was evaluated. The President stated, “Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world.”

As a part of this new strategy toward Iran, The United States will:

  1. Work with our allies to counteract the Iranian regime’s destabilizing efforts and their support for terrorist proxies
  2. Place additional sanctions on the regime to block their financing of terror.
  3. Deal with the regime’s proliferation of missiles and weapons that threaten its neighbors
  4. Deny Iran all paths to a nuclear weapon.

The execution of our new strategy begins with imposing difficult sanctions on Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The IRGC’s stated purpose is to subvert the international order. The IRGC’s influence and have an impact on have grown through the years, even though it has remained unaccountable to the citizens of Iran. It’s hard to find an area where people are suffering in the Middle East where IRGC isn’t involved.


“The Worst Deal Ever Signed”

President Trump also mentioned the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). President Trump said, “By its own terms, the Iran Deal was supposed to contribute to ‘regional and international peace and security.’ And yet, while the United States adheres to our commitment under the deal, the Iranian regime continues to fuel conflict, terror, and turmoil throughout the Middle East and beyond. Importantly, Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal.”

Fulfilling another campaign promise, President Trump said that he’ll no longer certify Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA. Trump said: “We will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of Iran’s nuclear breakout.”

As he concluded, the President focused the citizens of Iran. He said that they “have paid a heavy rate for the violence and extremism of their leaders.” President Trump expressed his desire that this new approach toward the Iranian dictatorship will compel the government to re-examine its pursuit of terror on the expense of its citizens.

President Trump’s end goal is achieving peace in the Middle East.

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