Lavrov: Iran nuclear deal situation is a crisis

  • Lavrov: Iran nuclear deal situation is a crisis

Lavrov: Iran nuclear deal situation is a crisis

Presidents before have pursued conflicting approaches to tough issues, but rarely so overtly, and rarely in the course of a single speech. Indeed, according to The Associated Press, European allies were ready to ink an agreement with the United States to fix the deal when Trump pulled out. Then he announced that he'd sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pyongyang to lay the groundwork for Trump's historic summit with the dictatorial Kim Jong Un, recently described by Trump as "very honorable".

The withdrawal will impact the politics of West Asia, relations among major world powers and global economics as well. "The United States no longer makes empty threats". Moreover, Iran has signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) which prohibits it from developing nuclear weapons, and has agreed to ratify the IAEA's Additional Protocol five years from now which will grant IAEA inspectors wide-ranging access to monitor nuclear-related activities in Iran.

So what's so different between the deal Trump walked away from Tuesday and the one he's actively seeking with the North?

Former Jordanian Deputy Prime Minister Marwan Muasher, now senior vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told Arab News that the killing of Palestinian protesters, coupled with the move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, shows why "Israel can not be trusted" to bring about peace in the region. "He's going to solve it, because Obama couldn't".

It is even possible that, in line with other last minute reversals by the Trump administration, Trump will suddenly move towards a more friendly position to North Korea, as seen in sudden cozying up to China after Trump's meeting with Xi Jinping in April 2017-though relations later deteriorated again between America and China after a brief period of detente.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Theresa May used a telephone call with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to restate Britain's commitment to upholding the Iran nuclear deal, but condemned Tehran's missile attacks against Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.

It is instructive to look at the entire statement that Mr. Stephens makes in which he characterizes President Trump's decision as "absolutely right".

Mr Trump has announced his intent to withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement
Image Mr Trump wants further sanctions imposed on Iran

If the European leaders now go along with sanctioning Iran, there will be even less reason for Trump to take their views seriously in future.

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. Asked if the United States was prepared to sanction French and German companies that do business in Iran, one official said discussions were just starting. They may not be entirely wrong but the quest for a flawless deal can equally be a credible path to an Iran with a nuclear bomb. Iran has already ruled that out.

Khamenei said this week he is highly doubtful that Europe will provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal. Far from the USA exit of the deal increasing the peril to Israel, it was the nuclear pact itself that brought Tehran's forces to Israel's doorstep and raised the possibility of war. As a private citizen, Bolton in the past has suggested that the United States push for a change in Iran's government.

"Remember how badly Iran was behaving with the Iran deal in place", he said.

It also demanded that Iran cease supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels, who have been at war with Tehran's archenemy Saudi Arabia, end cyberattacks against the USA and its allies, stop menacing US military ships in the Persian Gulf and abandon its rhetoric about destroying Israel.

The US has not proposed any alternative to this deal. In 1997, in the face of European action at the World Trade Organization, the US compromised by suspending the law's most onerous provisions.

Much of the Iran's oil exports head to Asia now, with over than 1.5 million barrels per day sent to the likes of China, Japan, South Korea, and India. While the situation is still both unsafe and fluid, thanks to the strength being shown by America and Israel, Iran is starting to lose ground in the region for the first time since the Obama administration began its push for détente with the Islamist regime.