Nuclear Deal With Iran 'Dead': US Aims for Regime Change in Tehran

10 May, 2018, 11:23 | Author: Becky Perry
  • Donald Trump has repeatedly criticised the deal calling it 'insane' and a 'disaster'

He said Trump's decision has even triggered a sense of conflict in the U.S., and underlined the need to safeguard the framework of the JCPOA.

The Iranian dissident community in Canada does not support this.

It also further isolates Trump on the global stage, where he has angered even the staunchest United States allies by reneging on USA commitments to the Paris climate accord and pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

If the deal collapses entirely, Iran would be free to resume prohibited enrichment activities. "India has always maintained that the Iranian nuclear issue should be resolved peacefully through dialogue and diplomacy by respecting Iran's right to peaceful uses of nuclear energy as also the global community's strong interest in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear programme", Kumar said.

But the Iranians, who launched a drone carrying explosives into Israel from Syria three months ago, are since being battered there by intermittent airstrikes attributed to Israel, which evidently maintains air supremacy and extremely effective intelligence-gathering and is adamant that it will not allow Iran to establish a serious military presence in President Bashar Assad's bloody, anarchic country.

National Security Adviser John Bolton said nobody should sign contracts for new business with Iran. Critics and supporters are claiming the others' approach will ultimately let Iran acquire nuclear weapons.

When French President Emmanuel Macron was visiting Australia just last week he conceded the Iran agreement was far from ideal and needed changes, especially the issue of missiles and what happens after it expires in 2025. Co-signatories to the nuclear accord can continue discussions on their own, and the Europeans were welcome to discuss the implementation of sanctions with Trump's power brokers in the White House, according to American media.

Maybe the US President is right, and perhaps his unorthodox approach to worldwide affairs will cajole or scare Tehran into submission. Exiting the deal was part of his campaign pledge.

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Late Tuesday night, President Hassan Rouhani said he'd be sending Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the countries still in the deal - China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom.

He did, however, leave some room for negotiation.

Trump said Tuesday that documents recently released by Netanyahu showed Iran had attempted to develop a nuclear bomb in the previous decade, especially before 2003. But President Trump also understands that North Korea has exhibited a wide range of unacceptable behavior, and its weapons of mass destruction programs pose an immediate danger to America and our allies. Certainly Mr Macron and UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have not succeeded in their attempts to convince Tehran to pull back on missiles or its proxy wars in neighbouring countries. "I think we have a really good shot at making it successful", he said.

Of course, a worst-case scenario, where as much as 1mmb/d in Iranian production is taken offline, will merely boost production from the likes of Saudi Arabia which have substantial excess capacity to pick up the slack.

Mr Trump is now nearly surrounded by advisors described as "Iran hawks".

Will there be a new nuclear arms race in the Middle East now?


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