White House claims Iran ‘rapidly accelerating’ due to Trump’s removal of US from Iran nuclear deal

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday dismissed responsibility for Iran’s “aggressive actions”, saying the country is “accelerating rapidly” over former President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States of the Iran nuclear deal.

Asked Wednesday by a reporter during a briefing on how the Biden administration is working through talks with Iran to restore the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) , Psaki said the talks were “underway”.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a daily White House press briefing on January 12, 2022, in Washington.
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“What we are looking at and what we would like to remind the public is why we are at this point now,” Psaki said. “More importantly, none of the things we’re looking at right now – Iran’s increased capacity and capacity, their aggressive actions they’ve taken through proxy wars around the world – would happen if it did. he former president had not recklessly withdrawn from nuclear power. without thinking about what might happen next. “

In 2018, Trump announced he would withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, saying at the time that the deal was “fundamentally flawed.”

Ebrahim Raisi, now President of Iran, holds a press conference in the Shahid Beheshti Conference Hall on June 21, 2021, in Tehran, Iran.

Ebrahim Raisi, now President of Iran, holds a press conference in the Shahid Beheshti Conference Hall on June 21, 2021, in Tehran, Iran.
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Psaki said Trump’s decision left an “impact” and meant Iran’s nuclear program “was no longer in a box, no longer had the most robust inspection regime ever negotiated, no longer had the strict restrictions on nuclear activity “.

At one point in the “ongoing” negotiations, Psaki said, the Biden administration became “a little frustrated with the lack of seriousness with which negotiators have come to the table.” “Now we are at the table again,” she said.

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily White House press briefing on December 14, 2021 in Washington.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during the daily White House press briefing on December 14, 2021 in Washington.
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“Due to the last administration’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, the Iranian program has now accelerated rapidly, Iran has directly attacked our partners in the Gulf and its proxies have resumed attacking US troops in Iraq,” Psaki said. “The United States had become totally isolated internationally.”

Under the 2015 nuclear deal hit by the United States under the Obama administration, world powers and Iran, sanctions against Tehran were lifted in exchange for Iran’s cooperation in curtailing its nuclear program.

“At the heart of the deal with Iran was a giant fiction, that a murderous regime only wanted a peaceful nuclear power program,” Trump said in 2018. “Today we have the proof. definitively that this Iranian promise was a lie. “

Elizabeth Zwirz contributed to this article.

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