Iran Says Donald Trump Can't Be Trusted to Make the Deal He Wants

For all his bravado and threats, President Donald Trump seems keen to avoid a military confrontation with Iran. Trump campaigned on the promise to end America's long involvement in far-flung wars, and if you look past Trump's pugnacious soundbites he certainly appears less of a hawk than it might seem.

But it takes two to tango. Sanctions and military posturing have thus far failed to force Iran back to the table to renegotiate the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which has been in the doldrums since Trump withdrew from the accord last May.

The White House wants a new deal with tighter restrictions on Tehran's nuclear program, limits on its ballistic missile research and a curb on Iran's significant regional influence.

The theocratic regime has dismissed such proposals out of hand, not least because—according to leaders in Tehran—Trump's conduct since entering the Oval Office shows that neither he nor the U.S. can be trusted to respect any agreement.

Tensions are rising again in the Persian Gulf following a series of attacks on commercial shipping. President Hassan Rouhani has now taken a new swing at his American counterpart.

Speaking at the opening ceremony for a new terminal at the Imam Khomeini International Airport in Tehran, the Iranian president suggested that the U.S. was becoming known the world over as a country unwilling to stick to treaties and deals, the Tasnim News Agency reported.

"Iran has been honoring its commitments and signature and remained faithful to international agreements," he said. "The one party standing against us [the U.S.] has violated all international deals."

"The entire world recognizes the U.S. as a country reneging on its promises and acting in violation of the humanitarian regulations," Rouhani added. He added that Iran would ultimately come out of the current standoff on top because the Trump administration is made up of inexperienced politicians.

Trump's carried his disruptive style through the campaign and into the White House. His first two years in power have seen the president challenge long-established agreements and alliances, often to the chagrin of America's traditional allies.

Aside from the Iran deal, Trump also pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord in June 2017, branding the agreement unfair on the U.S. and declaring he was elected "to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."

He upended NAFTA, demanding a renegotiation of the terms of the free trade agreement under the name of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement—USMCA. The new deal, which effectively updates the NAFTA accord, has not yet been approved by Congress.

Trump has leveled withering criticism at other important agreements and alliances while keeping the U.S. a party to them. On trade, the president indicated he would consider withdrawing from the World Trade Organization and the KORUS free trade agreement with South Korea, arguing that both took advantage of the U.S.

The president also sent America's military allies scrambling when he reportedly threatened to pull out of NATO, though his threats ultimately proved to be empty. Trump claimed his harsh approach prompted NATO leaders to commit more to the alliance's budget and take some of the weight off the U.S., but experts and NATO leaders have disputed the president's interpretation.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a working lunch with governors in the Cabinet Room of the White House on June 13, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty