Iranian women chant slogans during an anti-US demonstration outside the former US embassy headquarters in the capital Tehran on May 9, 2018. AFP / ATTA KENARE
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Just as U.S. President Donald Trump reached one hand out to North Korea, he yanked the other back from Iran.So what's so different between the deal Trump walked away from Tuesday and the one he's actively seeking with the North?"Whatever Obama did, he wants to undo," said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. He pointed out that Obama, in his final weeks, warned Trump that North Korea was America's top national security threat. Obama is proud of the Iran deal, so now Trump's going to derail it". It's an instinct that has been on display throughout Trump's presidency: where Obama zigged, Trump will zag. On the world stage, Trump moved quickly as president to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement that Obama's administration helped broker, abandoned Obama's sweeping free-trade deal with Asia, and pulled back from the historic rapprochement with Cuba. For better or for worse, Trump now owns the future of Iran's nuclear development, to the extent he's unable to strike a better deal.
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