The Iran deal could be in serious danger.
Last week, President Trump reluctantly allowed the State Department to recertify that Iran was compliant with the nuclear deal, reportedly under heavy pressure from his advisers. Subsequently, it was reported that Trump has assigned a White House team to generate a pretext for refusing to recertify the deal in the next 90 days – a sign, echoed in comments published Wednesday, that he seeks to override the State Department’s ongoing assessment that Iran is upholding the terms of the JCPOA. All of these signals point to the conclusion that when the deal comes up for recertification in three months time, Trump is going to try and pull the United States out.
In response, J Street brought together three security experts – US General (ret.) Paul Eaton, Israeli Major General (ret.) Amram Mitzna and the European Council on Foreign Relations’ Ellie Geranmayeh – to discuss that disastrous consequences that would ensue if Trump actually withdraws the United States from the JCPOA.
You can listen to the audio here, and read more about the speakers below.
General (ret.) Paul Eaton is a retired US Army general who was previously the Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Program, where he was responsible for training the Iraqi military.
Major General (ret.) Amram Mitzna was the Commander of the IDF’s northern command and served as Deputy Director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. He has been an outspoken Israeli advocate of the Iran deal.
Ellie Gernmayeh is a senior policy fellow for the Middle East and North Africa Program at the European Council on Foreign Relations, where she focuses on Europe-Iran relations, Iran sanctions policy and the JCPOA.