According to a bombshell report from the Washington Free Beacon, the Trump administration is preparing to announce that Iran has violated the Chemical Weapons Conventions, a long-overdue declaration that will bring that much more pressure to bear against the Islamic regime. According to the report, Trump will do what the Obama administration was too afraid to do and hold Iran responsible for providing material assistance to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who has gassed his own people on a number of horrifying occasions.
The move comes only weeks after the president snapped economic sanctions back into place as a natural conclusion to the Iran Nuclear Agreement, which the administration also found Tehran in violation of. If the administration goes forward, as expected, with the chemical weapons charge, it could place the Iranian government in a particularly tight spot. The goal, according to White House officials who spoke with the Free Beacon, is to put “maximum pressure” on Tehran and force them back to the table for further nuclear negotiations.
From the report:
Multiple sources with knowledge of the matter confirmed that next week the Trump administration will transmit a formal finding to Congress regarding Iran’s non-compliance with the conventions, which ban stockpiling and use of these lethal weapons. The use of chemical weapons in the Middle East has created scores of civilian casualties just in Syria alone.
One senior congressional official with knowledge of the CWC announcement told the Washington Free Beacon this designation is a long time coming.
“No one who’s actually an adult is surprised by this news,” said the source, who could only speak on background about upcoming actions. “The Iranians have never met an arms control agreement they didn’t violate. That’s why the nuclear deal was such a transparent joke. The IAEA verifies what it’s allowed to verify and on everything else the Iranians cheat. The Trump administration should draw the logical conclusion and force the Europeans out of the deal, which so far they’ve refused to do.”
The Trump administration continues to insist that they do not have regime change in mind when it comes to Iran, but you can bet it’s at least in the backs of their minds. More specifically, they want it in the minds of the current Iranian government. The Iranian people are nearing their breaking point when it comes to the economic crisis and if Trump can pressure Europe out of any banking/trade relationships with Tehran, it could easily be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
President Hassan Rouhani knows that his leadership position is precarious. If he wants to retain power, he may have no other choice but to come back to the table, re-negotiate the nuclear agreement, and stop supporting terrorists (and terrorist states) in the region.
Or…he can try going head to head with President Trump and the U.S. military. We wouldn’t advise it, though.