Strict enforcement will kill the Iran deal
Sen. Tom Cotton said he expects President-elect Trump step up enforcement of the Iran nuclear deal but stop short of pulling the U.S. out of the agreement. But that won't save the deal.I think Trump has already indicated that course. In an interview, he talked about how he got out of bad contracts by holding the other party to all the terms and not waiving noncompliance. He has also indicated a more robust response to Iranian aggression.
The Arkansas Republican, a vocal opponent of President Obama's deal with Iran to limit the rogue regime's nuclear weapons program, said Tehran is likely to react to stricter policing by the incoming Trump administration by crying foul and refusing to comply going forward.
"I believe the Iran deal is dead," Cotton said, during an interview with the Washington Examiner's "Examining Politics" podcast.
Congressional Republicans are broadly opposed to the Iran deal. The outgoing administration, in negotiation with other world powers, signed an executive agreement, meaning it is not a treaty, giving Trump the power to end U.S. participation in the accord.
"Donald Trump is going to be much more forceful on the terms of the nuclear deal itself, and that itself may cause the Ayatollahs to walk away. But I also know that he intends to confront Iranian regional aggression and their imperial project throughout the Middle East," Cotton said.