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Letter: Going solo on Iran nuclear agreement

A country is relatively stronger when it works with its allies.

A country is relatively weaker when it works against or without its allies.

The United States acted from a position of strength when it negotiated with Iran over nuclear weapons as it acted with our allies (Great Britain, France and Germany). Russia and China also worked with the U.S.

All in the coalition worked together to apply more and more sanctions and pressure on Iran driving Iran to the negotiating table. The entire coalition took part in the negotiations. The entire coalition agreed that it was a good deal which would stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and make the world a safer place. All members of the coalition signed the agreement. All members of the coalition verified that Iran was following the agreement.

Donald Trump acted unilaterally against the wishes of the allies of the U.S. when he took the U.S. out of the agreement. In fact our allies are trying to find a way to keep the agreement going without the involvement of the U.S. Thus the U.S. and its allies are working at cross purposes. They are not working together. This weakens the U.S.

Another thing that weakens the U.S. is a lack of trust. The U.S. was a signatory to the Iran deal. Trump pulled us out of the deal. The U.S. was a signatory to the Paris Climate Accords. Trump took us out of the deal. How is any nation going to be able to trust the U.S.?

Another problem is that pulling out of the Iran deal puts the possibility of war back on the table. Remember the Iraq war? All the people whose lives were ruined. All the money that was wasted. The president recently appointed John Bolton as national security advisor. John Bolton was one of the neocons who pushed the U.S. into the Iraq war.—Robert A. Peterson, Henning