“The Iran deal made by the previous administration is one of the worst deals I have ever witnessed – and I’ve witnessed some beauties” – President Donald Trump, 5 April 2017Although Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan and his approach to international diplomacy is certainly unique, his administration’s analysis of the flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPO), known as the Iran Deal, is absolutely right and has recognised the malign motives of the regime. While sitting in the House of Commons chamber during the Foreign Secretary’s statement, I could not help but think that Trump had called this right and we were getting it wrong. The Obama deal was never as good as was made out by its supporters. So let’s look at the flaws - namely sanctions, verification and enrichment. Sanctions Rather than adopt an approach of gradually lifting sanctions, the P5+1 caved to Iranian demands by lifting all nuclear-related sanctions with immediate … [Read more...] about Is President Trump Really That Wrong About The Iran Deal?
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EU authorities will present, during an informal meeting that will take place in the Bulgarian capital Sofia various options to protect the economic interests of European companies, following a decision by US President Donald J. Trump to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran, a senior European official told the press. “[The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude] Juncker and [Foreign Affairs chief Federica] Mogherini will present various variants of how to protect the interests of European operators after the departure of the US from the nuclear agreement,” a senior EU official told reporters on May 15 ahead of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia. According to the senior EU official, the bloc is expected to send a clear message regarding Iran’s compliance with the agreement. European Council President Donald Tusk will have the E3 leaders – Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, … [Read more...] about Brussels looks to protect EU companies after Trump quits Iran deal
.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has revealed that the European Union has been experiencing discord in the union's relations with the US after the latter withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), speaking at a congress of the Confederation of German Trade Unions (DGB). After months-long warnings, US President Donald Trump recently fulfilled his presidential campaign promise, announcing that Washington would withdraw from the JCPOA, also called the Iran nuclear deal, and vowed to re-impose economic sanctions against Tehran The move was taken despite the fact that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the international nuclear watchdog, has repeatedly confirmed Tehran's compliance with the nuclear deal. © Sputnik / Vladimir FedorenkoUK's Johnson: Regime Change in Iran Is 'Not the Goal We Should Be Pursuing'Last week Washington urged what it called "responsible" countries around the world … [Read more...] about Merkel on Iran Deal: We Experienced Setback in EU Relations With US
A top nuclear expert has resigned from the US State Department after Donald Trump announced the US would pull out from the Iran nuclear deal. Richard Johnson, the assistant coordinator for Iran nuclear issues at the Office of Nuclear Implementation, reportedly handed in his resignation this week. A civil servant, Mr Johnson had been involved in failed negotiations including the UK, France and Germany to save the deals after Mr Trump threatened to pull out. Mr Johnson did not give an exact reason for his resignation but in an email circulated to colleagues and staff and obtained by Foreign Policy, he said the 2015 agreement with Iran had proved to be successful. Read more Mueller requests 35 blank subpoenas in case against Manafort US has a ‘crisis’ on Mexico border, attorney general Sessions claims EPA chief’s ‘imperial tenure’ must end, Democrats say Mueller interviews FBI’s top lawyer to see if Trump … [Read more...] about Iran deal: State Department nuclear expert quits after Trump withdraws US from agreement
On Thursday, towards the end of a week that began for both of them with a slap in the face from the American president, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron were standing together in the Coronation Hall of the Aachen Town Hall doing their best to project confidence. The French president had just been awarded the International Charlemagne Prize and Merkel had held the laudation. They praised each other and confirmed their unity - even if they aren't entirely on the same page when it comes to the future of Europe. But they do agree on one issue: Donald Trump. Lately, the American president has emerged as a great unifier of Europe. Ever since Trump's Tuesday announcement that the U.S. was withdrawing from the nuclear agreement with Iran, one of the core pieces of international diplomacy in recent years, the Europeans have been united in shock, in anger at Trump's irresponsible move and in their refusal to accept it. But they are also united in their … [Read more...] about Exit from Iran Deal: Trump Strikes a Deep Blow to Trans-Atlantic Ties