Opinion: The Iran deal as it stands is unacceptable
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The Iran situation is heating up.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that Israel has uncovered materials which prove that Iran has been secretly working to build up its nuclear program.
That would obviously be in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal which lifted sanctions against Iran in return for Iran pausing, but not ending, its nuclear program.
The deal actually allows for Iran to resume nuclear activities in 2025.
That is less than seven years from now. Even if Iran complied, which it is not, are we supposed to feel safe knowing that Iran could become nuclear in less than a decade? That doesn't make me sleep well at night.
No one who realistically looks at Iran can be surprised that they have continued working on becoming fully nuclear.
I strongly believe that Iran is the single most dangerous country in the world.
It is the source of most of the instability in the Middle East, from Yemen to Syria to threats against Israel.
President Trump will decide by May 12 whether the U.S. will stay in the Iran deal.
The president has been clear that the deal as it stands is unacceptable. Iran has to forever end any and all nuclear activity for the sanctions to remain waived.
Here is the bottom line: we have seen in North Korea that strength and pressure, not appeasement, work when dealing with rogue states. If the current deal with Iran cannot be drastically restructured in the next several days, look for sanctions to be rightly re-imposed and for American participation in the Iran deal to effectively end.