The Iranian government has threatened to restart its nuclear arms program shortly after United States President Donald Trump pulled the country out of a multilateral nuclear agreement that was negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
The agreement required Iran to significantly cut down its nuclear arms program to reduce the amount of economic sanctions imposed on it by the international community. The sanctions were estimated to be at the billions of dollars.
President Trump believed the agreement did not benefit the United States and that Iran allegedly resumed the program. Once President Trump severed the involvement of the United States in the agreement, economic sanctions were immediately levied on Iran.
China, Germany, Russia, France and the United Kingdom; countries that were also signatories to the agreement, moved quickly to try and undo President Trump’s decision. Iran issued a statement that said they would consider restarting its nuclear arms program:
“The President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran’s brave nuclear scientists.
“The people of Iran will with calm and confidence continue their path towards progress and development and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran has foreseen all necessary measures to facilitate this under any circumstance.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency has stated that Iran has passed investigations, and this has been consistently verified and documented. However, Israel has continued to accuse Iran of its under-handed practices regarding the country’s nuclear power program.
In addition, Israel has taken offense to Iran’s continued military build-up in Syria. Iran has deployed its military to support the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his fight versus jihadis. The rebels are supported by the West, Turkey and the Gulf States. However, President al-Assad has been able to take control of the battle with the help of Iran and Russia.
Shortly after President Trump announced that the U.S. had left the nuclear deal, Israel launched air strikes a suspected Iranian military facility near Damascus. Syrian and Iranian forces responded with a counter-attack by launching rockets aimed at Israel installations in Golan Heights. From there, Israel intensified its attacks and destroyed Syrian and Iranian structures, resulting in a number of casualties.