Will Trump turn out to be right about Iran?

Will Trump turn out to be right about Iran?

He said that "u$3 ndoing this agreement makes it harder to deal with" non-nuclear threats from Iran "because we need new sanctions aimed at those threats, which are not addressed in the original agreement".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal "certainly has weaknesses" but says it should be preserved.

Calling the accord as an "embarrassment" that was "defective at its core", he also warned of severe consequences if Iran resumes its nuclear programme.

Trump's announcement last Tuesday that the USA was exiting the 2015 nuclear accord was met with widespread dismay among its other signatories - China, Russia, France, the Britain and Germany. In the 1990s, significant disagreements surfaced when Washington adopted legislation - including the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) - which punished European firms for doing business in those countries. "A wiser path would have been to live with the JCPOA, continue negotiations with Europeans and others on a successor pact to extend Iranian nuclear constraints, push for new sanctions tied to Iran's ballistic missile program and do more to frustrate Iran's efforts around the Middle East, including keeping US military forces in Syria".

Now, as Washington looks to generate the same pressure on Iran that existed during the sanctions incubation period (2010-2013), it must not forget that those measures had European Union political buy-in and followed the strongest UNSCR on Iran.

As Macron told Germany's Der Spiegel when asked about the most likely outcome of USA withdrawal: "That would mean opening Pandora's box".

Conservative hardliners in Iran's parliament have set out conditions for the country's upcoming talks with 3 European nations over the nuclear deal.

That was what Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was getting at when, in thanking Trump for pulling out of the deal, he reiterated his claim that the sanctions relief allowed Iran to spend big on regional mischief.

"As you know very well, we have many other disagreements", she said. "The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons".

In response to comments that the Rouhani administration should apologize to the people, the statement read that "the people who should apologize for their previous incorrect" positions are those who are not ready to tell us what the damage from sanctions were and what steps they took to prevent those damages.

European diplomats, speaking on background because they did not have authorization to talk otherwise, said on Tuesday that they felt no great urgency, which was just as well, given the difficulty of the task.

Zarif said the latest US decision was "illegal".

It seems clear that, from Trump's perspective, the Iran deal and the diplomatic advances with North Korea are closely related - and that his policy of "maximum pressure" is paying off. As a outcome, Europeans are no less despised and distrusted in Iranian decision-making circles these days.

In another interview to Fox News, Pompeo strongly pushed back on the notion that United States withdrawal from the nuclear deal makes it less constrained now. And that's the central flaw of Trump's move.

The EU's energy commissioner is also traveling this week to Iran to discuss strengthening European energy support to Iran.



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