Trump quits Iran nuclear deal, undoing years of diplomacy

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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  • Vox

     (May 9, 2018)

    Why did President Trump quit the Iran deal? Our daily podcast "Today, Explained" takes a look at the repercussions of withdrawing from the deal:

  • aryan

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  • Linamar

     (Sep 27, 2018)


  • spelunkerd

     (May 9, 2018)

    When America invaded Iraq, I remember a similar remark by Mr Bush, "we'll be much safer". Of course, that didn't happen, all westerners became targets, and a new generation was born with hatred. When America acts like a bully, no one should be surprised when they make life long enemies.

  • Andrew Witke

     (Nov 26, 2018)

    John Shea Plainly ,you are stupid , sorry not my fold ...

  • J D

     (May 9, 2018)

    Trump destroyed any soft power the US had left under this administration. He will damage the US for decades, possibly permanently.

  • Howard Beale

     (Dec 21, 2018)

    @J D The problem is soft power. It used to work keeping others in check. We have meddled in other countries sovereignty too blatantly then over time became a paper tiger. Even the Shah saw this. There has to be a hard line drawn at some point. Nothing against the Iranian people, it's their government. Hamas and Hezbollah just want to cause harm and they keep funding them. Iran refuses to give an inch and chose to lie about their nuclear program. They hide their nuclear stockpile away from inspectors an...

  • Tan Meng

     (Dec 20, 2018)

    Then don't vote Trump again.

  • Santiago Bron

     (May 9, 2018)

    Lockheed Martin stock just went up.Now that’s someone who will be safer.Just saying.

  • DMC1

     (Oct 14, 2018)

    Israel is another country that will be safer.

  • Parker Cestaric

     (May 14, 2018)

    Not surprised at all. I used to work in a circuit board printing factory and we got big orders from Lockheed Martin and similar Military industrial complex companies every time some international tensions rose.

  • Shift

     (May 10, 2018)

    We can sanction Iran again! Yay!-says nobody

  • saman sabz

     (May 15, 2018)

    people expect it from you invaders, go back to europe where they came from

  • Iman Akbari

     (May 9, 2018)

    I live in Iran. This not only makes a devastating impact on the economy and the day to day lives of Iranians, it is an irreversible blow to the moderates and those in favour of co-operation with the west. Trust me, there will not be another deal. Trump basically destroyed the moderate wing of Iranian politics, opening a long chapter of pointless conflict with the west.

  • Heisenbug

     (May 9, 2018)

    I can't believe it's gotten even worse

  • Telebubbies

     (May 11, 2018)

    Secrets get exposed. Just like how the Israel PM exposed their secret nuclear files

  • Sacchi

     (May 9, 2018)

    Just sanction US for breaking deals.Why would anyone believe or trust US?

  • __TidePods__

     (Dec 30, 2018)

    +Doug McGaghie Would your opinion change if Israel was a Muslim state and Iran was a Christian state?

  • Raki Jani

     (May 10, 2018)

    The Problem is; he hates Obama so much that anything which is part of Obama legacy he wants to destroy it.

  • Clare Schuch

     (Dec 3, 2018)

    Raki Jani it’s frustrating because we may see it as Obama did this and Trump did that but in the end, and to the rest of the world, these are the United States actions. No one cares about republican vs Democrat across the seas

  • Kaiza

     (Sep 16, 2018)

    Miguel Spagna it’s amazing how many morons actually believe the Fox News narrative that the Iran Nuclear deal was “the US pays them millions of dollars for a vague promise by them not to make nukes” IT WAS THEIR OWN MONEY To combat Iran, Iranian assets were frozen, dealing damage to their economy. The deal was: “we’ll unfreeze your assets and give your money back to you if don’t make nukes. Also we will frequently inspect your country to make sure you’re keeping your word.” And now thanks to Spank...

  • Maria Mendizabal

     (May 9, 2018)

    Regardless of what party you are in, the Iran deal WAS doing what it was supposed to, which is preventing Iran from creating nuclear weapons. Why the hell would anyone in their right minds pull out of a deal without having any alternatives?! Its like Trump is expecting other countries to pull out so that they will do all the dirty work to come up with a better plan. Trump is under the impression that our country is superior and influencial enough to do this, but he could not be any more wrong.