US President Donald Trump announces his intention to withdraw from the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement during a statement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House in Washington, US, May 8, 2018.
(photo credit: REUTERS/JONATHAN ERNST)
WHEN DONALD Trump announced the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, he was gracious enough to credit the Mossad's heist of Iranian nuclear program documents, which Benjamin Netanyahu had dramatically displayed on national television.“At the heart of the Iran deal was a giant fiction: that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear energy program. Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie. Last week, Israel published intelligence documents – long concealed by Iran – conclusively showing the Iranian regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons.” Senior Obama administration officials and European diplomats had earlier scrambled to downplay the importance of the purloined nuclear archive arguing essentially that the giant fiction was creative fiction. They claimed that they were fully aware of Iranian deception and the JCPOA had already factored in the mendacity factor.