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The nuclear bomb deal struck with Iran three years ago to prevent Iran from developing atomic bombs was far from perfect but it was working.

President Donald Trump's arbitrary decision to pull our country out of it, without a strategy for replacing it, is extremely reckless and self-defeating. The United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015 after 20 months of difficult negotiations with the Republic of Iran.

Why did Trump do this? I believe Trump and his fellow Republicans want to destroy any trace of our former, first African-American president's legacy. They repeatedly attempted to destroy the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. Trump has a long history of racist acts against President Barack Obama starting with his “birther movement” when he claimed Obama wasn’t an American citizen.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May pleaded with Trump not to pull out, and when he dictatorially ignored them, this further alienated three of our country's most important friends and allies.

Trump’s decision just pushes the volitale Middle East closer to a nuclear confrontation that no one will win.

Israel, led by extreme right-wing war-mongering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has access to Israel’s estimated 400 nuclear weapons.

The Trump economic sanctions will have little impact on Iran, as we purchase little from Iran.

The Boeing Corp. agreed in December 2016 to sell 80 aircraft to IranAir, worth $17 billion. Now that deal is over. Tell that to the employees of Boeing and their independent suppliers. Iran had purchased agricultural products, particularly soybeans, soybean oil, and medical supplies from us as well and that, too, is gone.

Larry Larsen, Mandan

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