Former Obama Official: Iran ‘Has Shown More Credibility’ Than the White House
Commenting on the latest move by US President Donald Trump regarding the Iran nuclear deal, Thomas Countryman, a former Obama official who worked on the deal, stated that Iran has "shown more credibility and more consistency with international law" than the current administration.
"The Trump administration thinks it can renegotiate the deal with Iran. Any chance that can happen?" asked CNN host Poppy Harlow.
"The Trump administration has laid out no plan for how credible negotiations could take place with Iran. What they are doing, whatever the president decides today, would be the first of seven states that signed the agreement to be in violation of the agreement. It's incredible that Iran has shown more credibility and more consistency with international law than the White House is showing," said Countryman.
"And it will have several very negative follow-on effects. First, an unnecessary fight with our best allies in Europe. Secondly, the loss of visibility of inspection capability for the international community in Iran. Third, the possibility that Iran goes back to exactly the behavior that we stopped in its tracks four years ago," Countryman continued.
"And finally, the White House will create a crisis, not one that you'll see tomorrow but a slow motion crisis that significantly increases the risk of the US making another disastrous military intervention in the Middle East."
"So it's a very bad idea, and the Trump administration has not laid out any credible plan B to get to a renegotiation of the terms it doesn't like," Countryman stated.
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