“You’re gonna have to leave your puppet in charge, sir.”
That’s the Obama administration’s reaction to a question from MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell about President Donald Trump’s claim that the United States will not negotiate with Iran on its nuclear program.
The response came during a conversation with Vice President Mike Pence and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
Trump has repeatedly asserted that the Obama-era deal with Iran, which was struck under former President Barack Obama, is illegal and that the U.S. will never negotiate with Tehran.
Trump said that Iran is “wasting billions of dollars” and will never make the agreement because the agreement does not contain inspections.
He has said that if Iran does not change its behavior, he will sign an executive order to do so.
Iran has repeatedly rejected the claims and has threatened to “destroy” the U,S.
and its allies.
During the interview, Mitchell said, “I’m sorry, but the president’s claim is false, and it’s not true.
There are no inspections.
It’s not clear that Iran’s been doing what they’ve been saying they’re doing.
So, it’s a false claim.”
“The president says it’s gonna be a negotiation, but if he wants to negotiate, that’s his prerogative.
If he wants, he can ask for more sanctions,” she continued.
“I know he doesn’t like it, but that’s the prerogation of the president.
So there is no negotiation with Iran.
It is not a negotiation.
If we were to negotiate with the Iranians, they would just put out a statement saying that we are not gonna negotiate, and we will not do anything with them.”
“They’re going to take their money, they’re going be able to do what they want to do,” Mitchell added.
The exchange between Pence and Conway ended with Pence saying, “And you think you can just walk away from a deal that you signed, just walk around and say, ‘I’ve got nothing to do with it anymore?’
Well, it will not work.”
The Pence-Pence-Pace interaction is just the latest in a series of confrontations between the president and the Iranian government.
In December, Trump tweeted that the Iranians “are laughing at us” and called them “the laughingstock of the world.”
He also criticized the Iran deal and said that the Iranian people would never trust the U: “Iran is laughing at the United Nations and the U .
They’re laughing at our president and our administration, because they know that we’re the laughingstock, and they’re not laughing.
And that’s just a fact.”
In March, the president threatened to terminate the nuclear deal with Tehran if it did not address its alleged violations of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a U.N. resolution aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear activities.
In March 2018, Trump told reporters that he was “not going to be blackmailed by the Iranians” and that “we will take care of them.”
But the administration has also said that it will work with the international community to ensure the deal is upheld, despite Trump’s repeated threats.
The Obama administration negotiated a Joint Comprehensive Military-to-International Partnership Agreement (JCMIP) with Iran in July 2015 and included inspections and safeguards for the nuclear program in the agreement.
Under the deal, Iran agreed to a number of provisions including curbing its uranium enrichment capabilities, implementing a nuclear fuel cycle and limiting its production of weapons-grade uranium.
The deal was approved by Congress, but has not been implemented.
“We are committed to the Joint Comprehensive Comprehensive Plan (JcpOA), which is a vital element of any nuclear deal that is negotiated between the United Kingdom and Iran,” a White House official told CNN in September 2018.
“The Joint Comprehensive Program of Action will ensure that we achieve the JCPOA’s goal of a comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 [five permanent members of the U-N Security Council].
In the meantime, the United states will continue to engage with Iran to address any concerns it may have about the JcpOA.”
“We believe that the Joint Plan of Agreement is the cornerstone of any future nuclear agreement with Iran,” the White House statement said.
“It is important to remember that we have had a number, but not the number of, Joint Comprehensive Plans of Action in the past, so this agreement will be the best possible deal for the United, our friends, our allies, and our Iranian partners.”
Trump has said the U “won’t negotiate with [Iran] for many, many years.”
“I mean, we’ll never negotiate, period.
That’s what we’ll do, right?”
Trump told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in March 2018.
Iran is expected to announce its first