Donald Trump Falsely Claimed Iran is "Free" to Build Nuclear Weapons in Seven Years

Type: Misleading StatementsMay 08 2018 Severity:
About: Iran
Donald Trump justified his decision to walk away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Nuclear Agreement, by falsely claiming that Iran will be "free" to build nuclear weapons the day the deal expires seven years from now, a claim that is demonstrably false. The deal put in place under the Obama Administration places strict controls on Iran's use and development of nuclear materials and adopted a rigorous inspection regime to verify it is in compliance, things that are now up in the air after Trump walked away from the pact.

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Quote | Iran is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and is complying with it.

“In seven years, that deal [the Iran Nuclear Agreement] will have expired, and Iran is free to go ahead and create nuclear weapons. That’s not acceptable. Seven years is tomorrow.”