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John Bolton: Trump Sanctions On European Companies "Possible" Over Iran

14 May, 2018, 04:18 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran's nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six global mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.

The White House wants intrusive inspections of Iran's nuclear sites to continue despite President Donald Trump's withdrawal from a landmark accord on Tehran's atomic program, U.S. officials have said.

Alas, it wasn't to be. Nor did it cover missile development or Iran's expansionist behavior in the Mideast - or firmly specify the need to inspect Iranian military sites. The Iranian Regime is risky to the world in every sense and Trump is giving the Iranian people at chance at life if he can get this wicked regime overthrown. But its main export continued to be violence and destruction: Tehran kept on supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, as he laid waste to his country. And it supports militants in Yemen as well as the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The Syrian civil war would have given Iran another reason to boost military spending after the nuclear deal was agreed to in 2015.

Trump's move on Tuesday came despite strong opposition by European allies that are also party to the agreement.

"We have always been at one with the USA in our profound concern over Iran's missile tests and the disruptive role in the Middle East, particularly in Yemen and Syria".

But on May 8, 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. was withdrawing from the deal.

While he has committed to remaining in the nuclear agreement, French President Emmanuel Macron floated the idea of a supplemental deal on Iran during a recent visit to Washington.

"The countries that continue to deal with Iran could face sanctions". Maybe he and Trump will emerge with a pact to reach a more substantive agreement at a later date. But with the Trump administration already threatening to sanction European firms that continue to do business with Iran, it is unclear if the deal can survive without the world's leading economic power and most important reserve currency.

In a statement on Thursday, Iran said European countries "proved incapable of fully performing" even when the United States was party to the deal, and must "proceed from giving pledges to taking practical action".

"Do we accept that the United States is the economic gendarme of the planet?"

The question now is how the world goes forward.

Iran has always denied pursuing a nuclear weapon and accuses Israel of stirring up world suspicions against it.

The European Union joined the United States and passed its own Iran sanctions in 2012, cutting its imports of Iranian oil from 650,000 bpd to zero. "It is time for responsible nations to bring pressure on Iran to change this risky behavior", she added.

In July 2017, Bolton told an enthusiastic crowd at an MEK conference: "The only solution is to change the regime itself, and that's why before 2019 we here will celebrate in Tehran".



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