Former Sen. Joe Lieberman said Sunday he hopes President Trump will pull the US back from Iran's nuclear deal – an agreement Lieberman calls a "mistake."
"I am encouraged by what the President has said so far, I hope he withdraws," said Lieberman Maria Bartiromo during an interview on Sunday Morning Futures.
A self-reliant Democrat who worked 24 years in the Senate in Connecticut, Lieberman said part of his job is to have both parties want sanctions and economic pressure on Iran to stop its nuclear weapons development program and divide the country
Under the 2015 Agreement – Officially Known as the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" – they agreed On the United States, Russia, China and other world powers in Europe, Iran must reduce its uranium stock, and in return, economic sanctions for the Land in the Middle East canceled. The deadline for extending the agreement is now less than a week away, and Trump, who had criticized it for a long time, warned that he would step out of the agreement if "catastrophic shortcomings" were not resolved.
"The worst part of the nuclear deal is that it did not really end Iran's nuclear program," Lieberman said. "It is clear that they have enormous capacity, they are basically slowing down for a while to get the economic pressure from them to get the $ 100 billion they can go back in about 10 years and have a legitimate nuclear weapons development program. And that's not the security the world needs. "
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that the country would respond to any action Trump took against the nuclear deal and warned that the US regrets it would leave the agreement.
make a mistake in leaving the nuclear deal, "Rohani said during a speech given by state television," If America leaves the nuclear convention, this will mean historical regret for it. "
If the US withdraws, Lieberman still believes that other European countries will continue to work with the US, even protesting against the President's decision] "They will continue to do business with us and they will turn their backs on the Iranians and the rest of the world would Do the same, "he said.
In an effort to save As former Secretary of State John Kerry is involved in shadow diplomacy as one of the Obama administration's key foreign policy achievements he was involved in, he said An Iranian official.
Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for two weeks Nations in New York – their second in about two months – the Globe discussed ways to maintain the deal, the Globe reported, citing a person who was briefed on the meetings.
The reported meetings have caused a question as to whether Kerry has violated the Logan Act, a law enacted in 1799 prohibiting individuals from negotiating on behalf of the US government without authorization. However, no one was successfully prosecuted for violating the law.
"John Kerry is not negotiating on behalf of the US government – I hope that everyone he speaks to knows that," said the former Senator from Connecticut. "But in my opinion, what he does is inappropriate and he should not do it."
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