Finian Cunningham is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively on international affairs. Iran is right. The way to save the international nuclear accord on Iran is for all parties to honor it and to implement normal trading relations. That would also permit de-escalation of dangerous war tensions in the Gulf. Significantly, Iran’s position on resolving the impasse is supported by Russia and China. Their take is that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed four years ago this month by world powers, has been broken by President Trump’s bad-faith abrogation of the accord and his administration’s re-imposition of sanctions on Iran. As China’s foreign ministry’s spokesperson noted this week, it is the US that broke it and it must fix it. The problem is the European Union says it supports the accord but has shown little “investment” by pushing ahead with sanctions relief for Iran, as stipulated by the treaty. … [Read more...] about Europe needs to back Iran nuclear deal & stop kowtowing to US
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(CNN)The European Union's foreign policy chief has said that none of the signatory parties to the Iran nuclear deal believe that the country's breach of the agreement are "significant." On July 7, the Iranian government announced it started to increase uranium enrichment beyond the purity threshold it had agreed to in the landmark nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The JCPOA was intended to limit Iran's civilian nuclear program and prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. That announcement showed that Iran is no longer complying entirely with the agreement it signed with the United States and five other nations (China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom) in 2015. Tehran's move came after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and re-introduced economic sanctions in 2018. In May, Iran announced its own partial withdrawal from the deal. The announcement marked the end of a 60-day ultimatum the country … [Read more...] about Iran’s nuclear deal breach not significant, EU chief says
European powers have accused Iran of "pursuing activities inconsistent with its commitments" under a 2015 nuclear deal and called for an urgent meeting of the parties to the agreement to discuss Tehran's compliance.Britain, Germany, France, Russia, China and Iran are the remaining parties to the deal - known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) - which was abandoned by the United States last year. "These compliance issues must be addressed within the framework of the JCPoA, and a Joint Commission should be convened urgently," the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, plus the European Union's top diplomat, said in a statement on Tuesday. The European powers have not triggered a dispute resolution process contained in the deal, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity. The Joint Commission, chaired by the European Union's top diplomat Federica Mogherini, is made up of the remaining parties to the deal and was created to monitor implementation and … [Read more...] about Europeans to meet on Iran nuclear deal
Middle East Jonathan Marcus Diplomatic correspondent @Diplo1 on Twitter 1 July 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-48831601 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsIran nuclear deal It has taken just a little … [Read more...] about Iran’s nuclear deal is on life support. Can it be saved?
On Tuesday, US Department of the Treasury sanctioned 25 Middle Eastern entities and individuals over their alleged involvement in trading and funding the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other units in Iran’s military. The Treasury Department explained that the IRGC-controlled Ansar Bank and the bank’s currency exchange arm served as the hub for a regional network with layers of intermediary entities allow devalued Iranian rials to be exchanged for dollars and euros. READ MORE: Israel Has Full 'Freedom of Action' in Countering Iran in Syria – Netanyahu The US sanctions against Tehran were reinstated last year after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, which envisaged the relief of economic sanctions against Tehran in return for Iran's pledge to keep its nuclear program peaceful. In early November, Washington granted … [Read more...] about US Treasury Placed Additional ‘Intense Pressure’ on Iran This Week