January 24, 2019

Graham urges Trump to keep promise to renegotiate Iran deal

This story originally appeared at “>recent meeting in New York, Trump told Netanyahu he thought the nuclear deal was bad for Israel and for the U.S. “I was with Bibi Netanyahu the other day, and we talked about it,” Trump said during a town hall meeting ahead of the second televised presidential debate when asked to point to the biggest foreign policy failure of the last 15 years. “Not to reveal what he said, but I can tell you what I said, ‘This is horrible for Israel. It is horrible for our country.’”

On the campaign trail, Trump promised to rip up or renegotiate the international accord. “My number one priority is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran,” Trump told AIPAC in March. Last year, Trump suggested he would strictly enforce the nuclear agreement and work to improve it. “We have a horrible contract, but we do have a contract,” “>promised: “We will solve that problem if I get the chance, believe me. If I get the chance, you will be very happy. You will be very happy.”

Rouhani also warned Iran “will show a reaction” if President Barack Obama signs the Iran Sanctions Act 10-year extension into law.

The law, first passed by Congress in 1996 and renewed several times since then, allows the U.S. to sanction companies for doing business with Iran. Last week, the Senate voted 99-0 to pass the 10-year extension, which will ensure there are sanctions to “snap back” should Iran violate its international commitments. The White House said the President expects to sign the bill since a clean extension would not be a violation of the JCPOA Iran deal.

Graham said he intends to introduce legislation that would impose sanctions on the Iranian regime for being the largest state sponsor of terrorism, and testing missiles in violation of United Nations resolutions in the next Congress. “It’s past time the Iranian regime pay a price for their provocative behavior,” he said. “Passage of this legislation through Congress will give President-elect Trump additional leverage to get a better deal and once and for all truly change Iranian behavior.”