Trump is hoping his good cop, bad cop tactics will force Iran into a new deal

By Timothy Stafford

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President Trump’s decision to terminate US compliance with the Iranian nuclear agreement has mystified international observers. Why walk away from a deal that is working?

Trump routinely chastised Obama administration officials for having given away too much during the original negotiations. His withdrawal from the deal isn’t crazy, just risk-tolerant. By reimposing economic sanctions, and threatening secondary sanctions against countries that encourage greater commercial ties, the President places great faith in his own dealmaking abilities. By adopting the strongest position possible, he is trying to create the same ‘good cop, bad cop’ dynamic that he has established with President Moon of South Korea.

Read more in The Telegraph.


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