'Grave error': France's Macron berates Trump for threatening Iran nuclear deal
- Author: Arturo Norris Sep 20, 2017,
Sep 20, 2017, 23:40
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday defended the nuclear deal at the United Nations, saying it was an internationally-backed accord whose fate could not be decided by "one or two countries".
Key U.S. allies are anxious by the possibility of Washington pulling out of a 2015 landmark nuclear deal under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions against it being lifted.
Majid Sadeghpour, the political director of the Organization of Iranian American communities (OIAC), wrote in an op-ed for Townhall: "The worldwide reach of these protests should be loud and clear". And he talks as though war is inevitable, a theme he reiterated before the world's leaders when he said, "Rocket Man [Kim Jong-un] is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime".
He did not say whether he thought the deal was now weakly enforced.
The statement makes the case that any unilateral U.S. action that jeopardizes the July 14, 2015, Iran nuclear deal would harm U.S. -Europe relations, particularly if U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on Iran were resumed.
In part, the deal was made to reduce Iran's ability to produce two components used in making nuclear weapons, plutonium and uranium.
While the barriers for banking transactions with Iran remain the main issue, some countries have opened credit lines for the Islamic Republic in the post-sanction era. The deal was touted by former President Barack Obama as a way to forestall development of nuclear weapons by Tehran.
Such deals, according to CBI Governor Valiollah Seif, are a sign of return of global trust in Iran's banking system. "It is built on verification".
That's also true of the Paris climate accord, and the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump never fails to refer to as the worst deal in history.
Calling yet again for the scrapping of the deal he said it "doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb, but actually paves it". The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which monitors the arrangement, continues to certify Tehran's full compliance with the JCPOA.
What has Trump said about it?
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, who left Tehran on Sunday morning for NY, said his trip is aimed at eliminating the possible doubts of the West's public opinion about the Islamic Republic.
The sanctions froze assets in the US and prevented Americans from doing business with these 18 parties.
Tillerson said on Fox News on Tuesday evening that the U.S. would seek to alter Iran's behavior in the region either through a renegotiation of the nuclear agreement, or "in other ways".
"Well, I have decided", Trump told reporters who pressed him for an answer before they were escorted out of his meeting with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority. "They had sanctions, they were being choked to death and they were dying".
Though Trump has signed temporary waivers on sanctions against Iran, the administration must decide by October 15 whether to recertify Iran as compliant with the nuclear agreement.