Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Trump's decision to scrap Iran nuclear deal is a major mistake

IRAN: Wild protests in Tehran over US decision to pull-out of nuclear deal Trump's decision to scrap Iran nuclear deal is a major mistake
Ebony Burgess | 13 May, 2018, 01:17

While both Germany and United Kingdom expressed displeasure over Trump's decision to quit the deal that was negotiation by former US President Barack Obama in 2015 to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions, France promptly assured Iran that the JCPOA is not entirely dead despite US pulling out of it.

With tensions already running high, Mr Burt sought to play down suggestions that the United States was ready to launch an attack on Iran, possibly using "proxies" such as the Israelis or the Saudis, who also remain highly suspicious of Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

At the Hubweek talk, Kerry gave a detailed defense of the benefits of the deal and offered an insider's perpsective into how it was negotiated.

"The imbecile Trump's pretexts and insane move following a psychological war and breach of contract and unilateral pullout from the JCPOA and his idiotic remarks against the powerful Iran revealed again the imperialistic nature of the criminal American leaders", they stated.

"I would advise Iran not to start their nuclear program", Trump said during a Cabinet meeting at the White House on Wednesday.

"We will remain committed to this agreement and will do everything to ensure that Iran complies with the deal", the German Chancellor said, adding that Berlin had made the decision jointly with Paris and London.

It's not clear whether the European Union and other signatories China and Russian Federation will be able to ensure Iran receives the deal's promised economic benefits.

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Plans are already being drawn up in Brussels to introduce measures blocking US sanctions - an extremely rare move against an allied government.

Trump's advisor John Bolton said earlier that European firms doing business in Iran have a six-month deadline to wind up investments or risk United States sanctions. The deal severely curtailed nuclear activity in Iran and mandated International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) monitoring, in exchange for lifting certain sanctions.

In Mr Trump's announcement of the withdrawal from the deal he said the agreement was "defective at its core".

There was no direct evidence in Netanyahu's presentation that Iran violated the deal after signing it.

Trump said a deal with Iran would have to include not just deeper restrictions on its nuclear program, but on its ballistic missiles and support for militant groups across the Middle East. "I would advise them very strongly. They have no shame", he said.

"At this point, we have to replace the United States, which as an global actor has lost vigour, and because of it, in the long term, influence", he said. If the USA imposes sanctions on them, they've threatened "blocking" legislation that would make complying with those sanctions illegal. He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility with a rationale that contradicted the analyses of USA and foreign intelligence sources.

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