AP – May 9, 2018: President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran on Tuesday, abruptly restoring harsh sanctions in the most consequential foreign policy action of his presidency. He declared he was making the world safer, but he also deepened his isolation on the world stage and revived doubts about American credibility.
The 2015 agreement, which was negotiated by the Obama administration and included Germany, France and Britain, had lifted most U.S. and international economic sanctions against Iran. In exchange, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program, making it impossible to produce a bomb and establishing rigorous inspections.
But Trump, a severe critic of the deal dating back to his presidential campaign, said in a televised address from the White House that it was “defective at its core.”
(BattleForWorld: Most likely the Israeli lobby convinced him or he promised them that he would cancel the deal if he becomes president.)
U.S. allies in Europe had tried to keep him in and lamented his move to abandon it. Iran’s leader ominously warned his country might “start enriching uranium more than before.”
Iran Deal: Trump ‘Acts On Orders From Israeli Lobby In Washington’
Ex-Israeli Official: EU Has No Choice But to Go Along With US on Iran Deal
SPUTNIK NEWS – July 20, 2018: The US has made it clear for the EU that it will exert maximum pressure on Iran, which was reiterated by Donald Trump during his recent meeting with President Vladimir Putin. Chuck Freilich, senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center and ex-deputy national security advisor in Israel, discussed the potential outcome of US measures with Radio Sputnik.
Sputnik: In your view, how can Washington’s refusal to grant the EU exemptions for Iran sanctions impact US-EU relations?
Chuck Freilich: Obviously it does not have a particularly beneficial impact, but I think the point is that European countries are coming to the conclusion that they really don’t have too much of an alternative but to cooperate with the US on this. They don’t like it, but I think they are coming around to that realization; the US has taken a very firm stance here and so, obviously, they would have wanted these exemptions but I think they’ll get past it.
Iran demands EU guarantees of compliance with nuclear deal
TASS – May 21, 2018: Tehran is seeking guarantees of compliance with the nuclear deal from the European states, Iran Supreme Leader’s Senior Adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati said on Sunday (May 20), according to Iran’s Tasnim news agency.
“There should be clear European guarantees in order not to turn the deal [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], which limits Tehran’s nuclear developments in exchange for lifting sanctions of the United Nations Security Council and unilateral restrictions introduced by the United States and the European Union, into a unilateral agreement,” Velayati said.
“I have no absolute confidence about the European countries’ position without receiving practical guarantees since contradictory statements are suspicious,” he said. (BattleForWorld: He appears to be implying about “verbal support”. He’s pushing for written guarantees.)
According to Velayati, “certain EU members announce their commitment to the nuclear deal and prospects of enhancing economic cooperation with Iran, while others [European countries] say that there is no need to stand against the US.” “This contraction cannot but arouse suspicion,” he noted. (BattleForWorld: The Iran nuclear deal among the Europeans are starting to show cracks. To put President Trump in a better position on the world’s stage regarding the support of allies, having Israel on board is not enough because it would expose Israel to intense public backlash if Trump is going to become a madman in the theme of war, itching to bomb Iran, under the command of John Bolton.)
EU Companies’ Possible Withdrawal From Iran Contradicts Nuclear Deal
SPUTNIKNEWS – May 21, 2018: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the EU energy chief Miguel Arias Canete in Tehran, as quoted by Iran’s state news agency IRNA, that Europe’s political support of the JCPOA is not enough.
“With the withdrawal of America, [Iran’s] public expectations from the European Union have increased in order to maintain the deal’s gains, and in the current context, the European political support for the accord is not sufficient,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told Miguel Arias Canete in Tehran, cited by IRNA. (BattleForWorld: He appears to be implying about “verbal support”.)
The minister outlined the lack of consistency between support for the deal voiced by the EU and possible the withdrawal of European companies.
The announcement of the possible withdrawal by major European companies from their cooperation with Iran is not consistent with the European Union’s commitment to implementing (the nuclear deal),” Zarif stated.
SPUTNIKNEWS – May 16, 2018: US special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into links between Donald Trump and Russia is not going to lead to an indictment against the sitting US president, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday.
(BattleForWorld: Well, if the president’s rhetoric on Iran intensifies in the coming months, along the war path, then it is obvious that a deal was made with Trump and the neocons and they are just waiting for the right time to implement the action.)
“They can’t indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us,” the former New York City mayor told CNN.
Now that Mueller has told Trump’s legal team the president won’t be indicted for any alleged crimes committed during the 2016 election process — which saw the political novice defeat an experienced Democratic candidate who had served as a senator and secretary of state — Trump appears vindicated in his claim that the investigation is a “witch hunt.”
Military Air War Against Iran – Stealth F-22 Raptor vs. F-14 Tomcat (That Iran Still Flies)
THENATIONALINTEREST – May 16, 2018: With the United States withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal with Iran, a war with Tehran seems to be a distinct possibility. In the event of a military conflict between Washington and Tehran, there is also the ever growing possibility that the White House might seek regime change in Iran.
(BattleForWorld: The signs are popping up in foreign policy media hinting about a future military adventure – the bombing of Iran, being spearheaded by Israel who wants to become the dominant power in the region.)
A full-scale military campaign against Iran would require the United States to destroy the Iranian air force—which to this day flies American-built warplanes. The best of Iran’s decrepit fighter aircraft fleet is the Grumman F-14 Tomcat. The Imperial Iranian Air Force purchased 80 of the powerful fourth generation fighters before the 1979 Islamic revolution, but deliveries were halted at 79 aircraft. Additionally, Iran had purchased 714 Hughes (now Raytheon) AIM-54A Phoenix long-range semi-active/active radar guided air-to-air missiles, which have a range of roughly 100 nautical miles.
The Ruling Elites Want A New World War – CrossTalk
TASS – May 15, 2018: The highlight of the article says – by pulling out of the accord, the US has forfeited all its rights under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for Iran’s nuclear program, the Russian top diplomat says.
European countries have come under the gun from Washington over the Iranian nuclear deal, Russia’s Acting Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference on Tuesday.
“All other parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for Iran’s nuclear program have reaffirmed their commitment to obligations so far,” and Lavrov was asked if the United States could exert pressure on other participants in the deal. “Iran’s representatives also reaffirmed that, particularly during yesterday’s visit of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. China and the three European countries – France, Great Britain and Germany – have said that they remain committed to the agreement,” Lavrov added.
Lavrov highlighted that Moscow could see pressure being exerted on them. And that “ultimatums have been issued citing the need to stop trade with Iran, including the exports of certain goods and the imports of Iranian oil, the deadlines of 60 and 90 days have been set. This is some sort of plan to exert powerful pressure,” the Russian top diplomat pointed out. (BattleForWorld: That means they have until July and August 2018 before the Trump administration along with their shadow allies, the Necons and the Zionists, start making mischief openly, fulling threats against France, Great Britain, Germany, China, etc. to all cancel from the Iran nuclear deal. This appears as if it is going to end very badly.)
“However, our European counterparts tell us they are getting ready to become independent from the US in relation to their trade and economic ties with Iran,” the Russian top diplomat went on to say. “We are interested in discussing the issue with all countries remaining within the agreement on Iran’s nuclear program,” he noted.
“We will see how resilient the Europeans will be this time, for in the past there were times when they eventually gave in to Washington, damaging their own legitimate interests,” Lavrov added.
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Iran: We will return to full-scale enrichment, but not for weeks
DEBKA – May 10, 2018: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday (May 8) that, in response to President Trump’s decision to quit the nuclear deal, he had ordered the relevant authorities to get set for restoring full-scale uranium enrichment. He added that Tehran will wait some weeks before going ahead.
(BattleForWorld: This seems to be implying that eventually the Iran nuclear deal would collapse. And that means the European Union, France and Britain might also follow in the footsteps of President Trump.)
Putin Warns of ‘Fragile’ World
BLOOMBERG – May 9, 2018: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of the threats from “aggressive nationalism” and “claims to exceptionalism” a day after President Donald Trump said the U.S. will withdraw from the landmark 2015 deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program.
“We remember the tragedy of two world wars, the lessons of history,” Putin said at a military parade on Moscow’s Red Square on Wednesday, marking the anniversary of victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. “We understand how serious these threats are. All humankind and countries need to recognize that the world is very fragile.”
Trump’s decision, which will reinstate financial sanctions on Iran, met with dismay from European allies who have been trying to salvage the pact. The U.S. leader’s political opponents said it risks dragging America into a Middle East war. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had lobbied against the Iran agreement, is set to meet Putin later in the Kremlin. He attended the World War II parade.
Iran nuclear deal will remain valid regardless of U.S. decision, says EU policy chief
PBSNEWSHOUR – May 10, 2018: President Trump is expected to decertify Iran’s compliance with the international nuclear agreement struck in 2015. Judy Woodruff speaks with Federica Mogherini, foreign policy chief for the European Union and one of the nuclear deal’s chief negotiators, on whether the pact could still hold despite the president’s decision and her reaction to Trump’s leadership.
(BattleForWorld: The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherin is saying this now, but I fear that some type of mischief will be fabricated in the theme of fake news or by some other means to force the Europeans, French and the British to cancel the Iran nuclear deal.)
Merkel: Europe Can no Longer Rely on US ‘to Protect It’
SPUTNIKNEWS – May 10, 2018: As European countries failed to prevent Donald Trump from pulling Washington out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the tension between Iran and the US escalates. Trump has already promised to re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Tehran in response to the development of the nuclear program.
“It is no longer such that the United States simply protects us, but Europe must take its destiny in its own hands, that’s the task of the future,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday (May 10) after US President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal.
Donald Trump announced this Tuesday (May 8), that he was withdrawing his country from JCPOA, also known as the “Iran nuclear deal”, causing a major backlash among the European allies of the US. President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday that Washington had lost “vigor, and because of it, in the long term, influence,” suggesting that Europe should take over the US’ role as global leader.
‘Let it end now’: US withdraws from Iran nuclear deal
RT – May 13, 2018: President Donald Trump has promised the highest level of sanctions on Iran after announcing that US is leaving the nuclear deal. He promised Tehran “bigger problems than it has ever had before” if it develops nuclear weapons.
US Not Ruling Sanctions Against EU Companies for Cooperating With Iran – Bolton
SPUTNIKNEWS – May 13, 2018: National Security Advisor of the United States John Bolton said in an interview with CNN news that after the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, the US does not exclude sanctions against EU companies for cooperation with Tehran.
“It’s possible,” John Bolton said on CNN when asked if the US might hit Europe with sanctions, stating that it depends on the conduct of other governments.
“The rationale for getting out of the deal is it was contrary to American national security interests when we got into it and it hadn’t gotten any better with age,” National security adviser John Bolton said.
Bolton noted that he hoped the Europeans would see that it was in their best interest to reach an agreement with Washington on Iran.
(BattleForWorld: That means the Europeans will be pressured by Wasgington, and the likelihood is that some type of convincing “fake news” propaganda will be created and promoted in public media to sway the Europeans to cancel the Iran nuclear deal.)
“The president has to make a decision, where America’s interests lie; and it did not lie in continuing this deal. The consequence of the US getting out of it is to re-impose all American sanctions as they were before the deal came into effect. I think what we’ve seen is Iran’s economic condition is really quite shaky so the effect here could be dramatic,” he said.
“We are not going it alone; we have the support of Israel, we have the support of the Arab oil-producing monarchies and many others; and the consequences of American sanctions go well beyond goods shipped by American companies, because of our technology licenses to many other countries and businesses around the world,” he stated.
Europe Hits Back at USA Over Threat of Sanctions
FRANCE24 – May 10, 2018: US President Donald Trump’s pullout from the Iran nuclear deal has put Europe under pressure to salvage the 2015 multilateral agreement. But does the EU have what it takes to stand up to US sanctions?
(BattleForWorld: And besides the threat of sanctions, Europe must not forget about the aluminium and steel tariffs. For now you are exempted, but that will expire and may never be renewed unless they also cancel the Iran nuclear deal.)
The day after Trump announced his long-dreaded decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, EU members were hammering out measures to try to protect European firms doing business in Iran from US sanctions.
The JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) – as the Iran deal is formally known – was signed between Iran, the US, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and the EU.
But Trump’s pullout has left international companies doing business in Iran vulnerable to the extraterritoriality of US law, which enables Washington to punish foreign companies operating in Iran if they have business dealings with the US or use dollar transactions.
Iranian born Amanpour: How does pulling out of Iran deal make US safe?
CNN – May 9, 2018: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour explains the international implications of President Trump withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal.
Europe Pledges to Defend Interests in Wake of US Pull-out From Iran Nuclear Deal
VOANEWS – May 9, 2018: A transatlantic diplomatic tussle appears to be looming after European leaders pledged to defend their countries’ commercial interests in Iran, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran. Fellow signatories Russia and China also said they would stick with the accord. Henry Ridgwell reports.
‘Pushing Iran, Russia and China Closer’: Nuke Deal Exit Will Create New Alliance
SPUTNIKNEWS – May 10, 2018: Going against the wishes of many foreign leaders, US President Donald Trump dumped the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Tuesday, a move that will push Iran to link up with Russia and China, an expert tells Sputnik.
Speaking with Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear Thursday, Mohammad Marandi, an expert on American studies and postcolonial literature who teaches at the University of Tehran, noted that people in Iran were upset about 45’s decision, but that it also helped unite many in the country.
”In Iran, people are understandably angry,” Marandi told show hosts Brian Becker and John Kiriakou. “Over the past three years, the United States has been repeatedly violating the JCPOA… as we speak, even before Trump left the agreement, if I wanted to send a dollar abroad or recieve a dollar from abroad… it’s impossible.”
“I think that what Trump is now doing is pushing Iran, Russia and China closer to each other. I don’t have much confidence in the Europeans growing a spine anytime soon… but the Russians and the Chinese are much more reliable partners for Iran,” he added, before suggesting that Europe, fearing the US’ wrath, would close itself off from the Middle Eastern country.
Mattis vows US will continue working with allies on Iran, but will they want to cooperate?
RT – May 9, 2018: US Secretary of Defense James Mattis says the US intends to continue working with its allies to prevent Tehran from gaining nuclear weapons. However, he might not find allies that are willing to help.
“We will continue to work alongside our allies and partners to ensure that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon, and will work with others to address the range of Iran’s malign influence,” Mattis said on Wednesday before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing. “This Administration remains committed to putting the safety, interests, and well-being of our citizens first.”
Despite his comments, Mattis may find allies, and former co-signatories of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), more commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, unwilling to play along. P5+1 members France, Britain and Germany have all condemned Trump’s unilateral decision on May 8 to withdraw from the agreement and have pledged to continue working with Tehran.
Given the widespread condemnation of the US decision to both withdraw from the JCPOA and reimpose previous economic sanctions against Tehran, the respective Middle East strategies on both sides of the Atlantic appear to be at odds, for the time being, undermining Mattis’ comments.
Boris Johnson warns US against ending the Iran deal
FOXNEWS – May 10, 2018: British foreign secretary says the flaws in the Iran nuclear agreement need to be fixed.
JCPOA Aftermath: Israel to go to war with Iran?
RTAMERICA – May 13, 2018: Not long after President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel attacked what it claims are “Iranian targets.” These developments could lead to an unprecedented military confrontation in the region. RT America’s Anya Parampil explains.
Iran, North Korea & Medea Benjamin
RTAMERICA – May 13 2018: Jesse Ventura and Brigida Santos discuss the importance of diplomacy when it comes to North Korea and Iran. Author and Code Pink activist, Medea Benjamin, discusses her book, “Inside Iran: the Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Benjamin shares the history of America’s relationship with Iran and weighs in on the fate of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the Iran Nuclear Deal.