Iran‘s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, threatened on Tuesday to “set fire” to the nuclear deal sealed with world powers if U.S. presidential candidates reneged on the agreement.
“The Islamic Republic won’t be the first to violate the nuclear deal. Staying faithful to a promise is a Koranic order,” Khamenei said, according to state media. “But if the threat from the American presidential candidates to tear up the deal becomes operational then the Islamic Republic will set fire to the deal.”
Why wouldn’t they fight to keep the current nuclear deal? We are essentially paying for their military expansion and the continuation of their nuclear program. In January 2016, the U.S. paid Iran 1.7 billion dollars and last month it was transferred to their 2017 military budget.
What does this huge 90% budgetary increase mean for the proxies and militias that Iran funds and controls? How far will they be able to reach now? As far as the intended purpose of the deal, will the deal actually curb the expansion of the nuclear program or just drive them further underground to avoid the IAEA inspections?