Trump gambles on different path to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions

Rex Christensen
May 13, 2018

A top nuclear expert has resigned from the State Department following President TrumpDonald John TrumpPruitt dined with Cardinal accused of sexual abuse: report Kelly: No consideration on leaving White House despite "times of great frustration" Kelly: Trump "embarrassed" by Russian Federation probe MORE's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. But the US withdrawal is a severe blow to the sustainability of the agreement.

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Parliament he regretted Trump's decision, but added that "Britain has no intention of walking away". Just one week ago, he sounded optimistic about the prospects of reaching a deal to limit North Korea's nuclear program.

May conceded there were other issues related to Iran that needed to be addressed, including "ballistic missiles, the question of what would happen at the sunset clause at the end of the nuclear deal, and the destabilizing activity of Iran in the region". "America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. Third, growing geopolitical tensions will increase the demand for dollar, which will allow the United States to lower the cost of borrowing - now a record one in ten years", the journalist suggested.

His remarks drew chants of "Death to America!" from those gathered for Friday prayers in Tehran. Also, the unilateral withdrawal from the Deal clearly shows that the USA can break any deal whenever it feels like, which sends a bad message to eventual denuclearization proposals on South Korea.

Now, without the participation of the United States, stated Ian Bremmer, the creator and president of the Eurasia Group, a political consultancy, "it is most likely that we see military strikes".

But while slogans of "Death to America" were few, many Iranians are sincerely angry over Trump's decision and are siding with the hard-liners, who have always been suspicious of the West.

The Iran Nuclear Deal promises lifting sanctions and investments if Iran ditches all of their capacities for making nuclear weapons.

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Germany, France and the United Kingdom pledged to remain in the Deal that boosted trade between European Union countries and Iran and preserve peace and stability in the region. The Obama administration, when the JCPOA was negotiated, argued that eliminating Iran's civil nuclear research and its missile program were unrealistic concessions that the Iranian regime would not accept-and that was when the United States had the cooperation of its negotiating partners and an worldwide sanctions campaign on its side.

The reality is clear. These sanctions had crippled Iran's economy.

If Iran can not wrangle adequate financial concessions from Europe to keep the nuclear arrangement undamaged, it may see a nuclear program as its only choice. Whatever Trump may fantasize, intelligence professionals say this is not a pre-revolutionary moment in Iran. That is why today's announcement is so misguided. In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next. This is expected to hit major European and United States companies.

Hillary Clinton echoed Obama's sentiment, stating Trump's decision "makes America less safe and less trusted".

"Last night you heard the shallow statements Trump made".

On Friday, France urged Europeans to stand up to Trump over the nuclear deal and not act as "vassals", as the EU scrambles to find ways to save the accord and the billions of dollars in trade it unleashed. The Iran deal was weak, and Trump has left the door open to negotiate a better deal. "We have put a number of options for ourselves, and those options are ready including options that would involve resuming at a much greater speed our nuclear activities", Zarif told Margaret Brennan on CBS's "Face the Nation". Remember, the deal took all of our nonmilitary, economically coercive options off the table.

Israel said it had attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria yesterday after Iranian forces allegedly fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time.

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