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The Trump administration just quietly admitted that the Iran deal is working

Jonathan Schanzer
19th April 2017 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

In February, President Donald Trump said that the Obama administration’s nuclear agreement with Iran was “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.” His comments were a direct echo of candidate Trump’s rhetoric: In one 2016 speech, he said, “My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran.”

While Trump refused to commit to tearing it up on day one, he repeatedly suggested that the deal was a “disaster” and that his administration would enforce it more harshly or perhaps seek to renegotiate its terms and make it a “totally different deal.”

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Jonathan Schanzer, an expert on sanctions at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and notable Iran deal critic, sees things similarly.

“This announcement underscores the commitment of the Trump administration to abide by the terms of the nuclear deal … for now,” he tells me.

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