Boris Johnson to meet French and German counterparts over Iran nuclear deal

Lester Mason
May 15, 2018

The Iranian foreign minister highlighted the need for other parties to the JCPOA to provide "sufficient guarantees" that assure Tehran of being able to "reap the benefits" of the nuclear deal.

Europe seemed to have realized Trump's plan to come up with a better deal is not feasible, considering the long and turbulent history of the JCPOA, and given the current situation, if not fixed promptly, the region might face the risk of a war or a nuclear arms race. "It's just not true". The protests resembled other aggressive but orderly gatherings typical under President Hassan Rouhani, who has portrayed himself as seeking rapprochement with the West and is simultaneously trying to save the nuclear deal with world powers while attempting to appease hard-liners seeking revenge for Israeli attacks.

"[But] if the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured".

"That's what we are going to do and I will be hard at it with the Europeans in the next several days", said the top United States diplomat.

The deal came together after years of painstaking work and worldwide collaboration - first in developing a united front of crippling sanctions against the Iranian regime to bring the nation to the bargaining table, then years of multilateral negotiations with Iran, the European Union, China and Russian Federation.

Mr Trump's announcement restored onerous United States sanctions on Iran, including penalties for foreign companies that do business with that country.

He added the United States has no grounds on which to prevent Russia's continuing cooperation with Iran in nuclear energy.

So far, China, France, Russia, the U.K., European Union and Iran remain in the accord, which placed controls on Iran's nuclear programme and led to a relaxation of American economic sanctions against Iran and companies doing business there.

New Zealand businesses would suffer if the government gave in to threats from the United States over sanctions on dealings with Iran, Iran's ambassador to New Zealand says.

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

"The removal of sanctions under the deal has already produced disastrous results", he said.

But if history is any guide, the Iranian regime won't push too far if its leaders believe Trump's threats are credible.

Trump's announcement last week that he was withdrawing the US from the landmark Iran deal inflamed regional tensions and threw European investments from oil to aerospace into jeopardy.

We all share the common objective of making sure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons, are anxious about their terribly destabilising and threatening military behaviour across the region and their ballistic missile program. The stumbling block was the "sunset" clauses, which would allow Iran to resume fissile material enhancement within a decade. However, this would not do anything to Iran's nuclear program also.

Foreign ministers from the U.K., France and Germany are due to sit down with their Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss how to move forward. As Rubin told me, "I don't know if the Iranians know what they are going to do yet".

Trump is entering denuclearization talks with North Korea, and he needs to show he's serious about ending the prospect of nuclear arms, not just rolling them back, said Harley Lippman, the president of the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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