President Trump has accused Iran of violating the US-Iran joint nuclear agreement. He proceeded by imposing fresh new sanctions on the middle-east nation, reports the Guardian. The sanctions and accusations come in the wake of Iran testing new ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate. President Rouhani said that the US will have to face tough consequences of going back on the nuclear deal. The agreement was signed by President Barack Obama and allowed Tehran to use nuclear fuels for energy generation.

Experts say Iran didn’t violate agreement

However, international experts of the opinion that Iran didn’t violate the agreement in any manner. Choosing to isolate Iran so that the nation stops testing missiles might have unintended consequences. The European Union is miffed at Trump’s decision.

Sanctions may not have desired effects

The agreement called JCPOA - Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action was designed to prevent any confrontation between the two nuclear-armed states. But with the agreement now gone, sanctions alone won’t stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons should the country choose to do so. Trump’s claim that Iran has committed multiple violations of the agreement is misleading and is a far cry from the truth of the matter.

Trump asks Congress to make changes

Trump has further asked Congress to add more conditions to the existing agreement including setting conditions that would make Iran halt ballistic missile development and tests. The Congress would require votes of at least 60 senators to that end and that is just the first step. The present deal prevents Iran from making nuclear weapons.

Iran cannot stockpile Uranium for at least 15 years as per the requirements stated. Trump’s desire to reign in Iran seems to have its origins with the talks he had with Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is concerned about the proxy support that Iran provides Houthi rebels with.

Gulf nations support Trump, EU miffed

The European Union thinks that any changes to the agreement can cause the deal to be scrapped.

If the deal is scrapped it might cause another nuclear stalemate in the middle-east. Nobody wants that. The Chairman of the International Atomic Agency is of the opinion that the deal is subject the strictest verification program and as such there’s no chance of Iran having violated it. UN officials check the nuclear site from time to time to ensure that. Both Israel and many Gulf nations like Saudi Arabia view Iran as their primary enemy. Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated President Trump on his move.