It's Trump's move in Iran chess match

May 05, 2018, 18:09
It's Trump's move in Iran chess match

Tehran will not renegotiate a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on May 3. That regime included the so-called Additional Protocol, which expanded the IAEA's access to sites in Iran, including giving inspectors insight into all parts of the nuclear fuel cycle, access on short notice to all buildings at an acknowledged nuclear site, and the right to obtain samples from military sites.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif stated that his country, which previously made a statement on the United States intention to withdraw from the nuclear deal, will not negotiate about changing the nuclear agreement in 2015. Assuming the documents from Iran's secret nuclear weapons program that he displayed on a huge screen are genuine - and no one seems to dispute that - then the world now has concrete evidence that Iran has lied when it denied it wanted to build nuclear bombs.

Last month, Kerry met with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and has spoken with top European Union official Federica Mogherini. Iran is also far from isolated on the worldwide stage, maintaining amicable ties with Europe and increasingly strategic relationships with global powers such as China and Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump has threatened to reimpose sanctions on Iran at the next deadline for certifying Iran's compliance with the deal, which comes on May 12.

Likewise, there was no reason for Iran to pull out of the deal, and it was in a strong position because it was fully meeting its obligations, said Yermakov, who was attending a nuclear non-proliferation conference in Geneva.

Intelligence officials from France, the United Kingdom and Germany visited Israel in recent days and were briefed on Israeli findings gleaned from a trove of captured Iranian documents on the Islamic republic's past nuclear weapons development, Channel 10 news reported. Mr Trump could present the International Atomic Energy Agency and others with "credible and accurate information" involving an "uncured material breach" by Iran and effectively sink the whole deal. "It's based on Iranian lies and Iranian deception".

The Trump administration appears to be careening toward the reckless decision to kill the nuclear agreement with Iran, which would be another in a long line of foreign policy mistakes driven by ideology, impulse and domestic politics rather than facts, common sense and sound judgment about Americas national security.

Technically, Trump must decide by May 12 whether to renew "waivers" suspending some of the US sanctions on Iran.

Such an action could only be blocked by the UN Security Council but the USA could simply veto any such resolution. Trump has said European allies must rectify "terrible flaws" in the global accord by May 12.

Former Secretary of State John Kerry met two weeks ago with a top Iranian official at the United Nations to try to use shadow diplomacy to keep the US from scuttling the nuclear deal that he negotiated in 2015 under President Barack Obama. Which brings us back to the inescapable conclusion: an agreement with the Europeans to "fix" and not "nix" the "worst deal ever" is the only sensible move.

Keeping in view the offensive and defensive strategies of U.S. and P-5+1 regarding the deal, it looks most probable that President Trump will withdraw thus triggering waves of sanctions on Iran in times to come.

Let's not forget that Israel and Iran are enemies.