President Trump has often said that Barack Obama’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran was a “terrible deal.” He’s right. But whatever he decides to do about it, the opposition is apparent and will only grow both here and abroad.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s “supreme leader,” said he would set the agreement on fire if Mr. Trump tried to change it. Iranian President Rouhani said his nation won’t let Mr. Trump change the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the Obama deal is formally known.
Any proposal to renegotiate or cancel the deal won’t receive warmer receptions from Russia, China, England, France and Germany, which signed it with the United States and Iran.
From the political upheaval in reaction to his temporary immigration ban, the president will have learned to prepare the political battlefield before taking such major actions.
Regarding the Iran deal, perhaps the most effective way to do that is for Mr. Trump to reveal what Mr. Obama’s agreement actually provides.
Most international agreements are accompanied by confidential side agreements that are classified or concealed from the public for diplomatic reasons.
We don’t even know how many of them Mr. Obama’s deal with Iran has. Under the Corker Amendment, which enabled Mr. Obama to claim the Senate had approved the deal, although it had not, all side agreements were required to be submitted to the Senate. That was never done, as a senior Republican senator told me months ago
Many of the most puzzling aspects of Mr. Obama’s deal could be explained by Mr. Trump’s publication of the side deals.