'terrible deal' Germany and Europe must prepare for Donald Trump to make the wrong decision on the Iran deal. It may be up to Europe to prevent the worst after May 12. Published on May 4, 2018 3:29 pm Germans are hearing faint echoes of 2003. Back then, during another low point in US-German relations, the Americans rushed into a confrontation in the Middle East based on intelligence about weapons programs that later turned out to be false. The Germans and French parted ways with the US (although Britain, Spain and Poland joined the American alliance). The ensuing conflagrations along the Tigris and Euphrates were human disasters. German-American relations took years to recover. Something similar could unfold again after May 12. That is when US President Donald Trump is expected to re-impose sanctions on Iran, thereby pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Brokered largely by the Europeans in 2015, this deal was … [Read more...] about Save the Iran nuclear deal, Ms. Merkel
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The Iran nuclear deal hangs by a thread as US President Donald Trump keeps everyone in suspense over whether he will recertify it on May 12, despite the scrambling by other Western signatories to defend it. Here’s what’s at stake. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal, is an agreement signed on July 14, 2015, after 20 months and six rounds of rollercoaster negotiations. The signatories are Iran and a group of nations known as the P5+1: Russia, China, the US, UK, France (all permanent UN Security Council members), and Germany. The deal aims to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon by curbing its nuclear program, which dates back to the 1950s and was, ironically, set up with American help before the 1979 revolution ended most of Iran’s ties with the West. Iran’s concessions Under the JCPOA, Tehran gave up 98 percent of the enriched uranium it already had, and only keeps material enriched to the lowest … [Read more...] about The Iran nuclear deal explained
The USA and Israel have accused Iran of violating the terms of the Iran Nuclear Agreement which saw sanctions lifted on the country. The pair claim that Iran have been secretly trying to get nuclear weapons, despite being banned under the agreement. We've pulled together everything you need to know about the deal. What is the Iran nuclear deal? The Iran nuclear deal was an agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and a group of world powers for Iran to abandon its nuclear programme. The deal saw Iran agree to eliminate its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium by 98 per cent. Enriched uranium is a critical component for making nuclear weapons and in nuclear power stations and by curbing the amount Iran produce is a way to curb the number of weapons produced. As part of the agreement Iran also agreed to only enrich their uranium up to 3.67 per cent over the next 15 years and they agreed to reduce their gas centrifuges for 13 years. Gas centrifuges are used to separate … [Read more...] about What is the Iran nuclear deal, which world powers signed it and when was it agreed?
Stand Together Whether Europe can rescue the Iranian nuclear agreement depends on if they act in their own interests or are held hostage by US President Donald Trump. Published on May 1, 2018 11:41 am This week, a senior German official pointed out to me that, “The Iran nuclear deal is the last firewall preventing military tensions in the world’s most combustible region from spilling over into thermonuclear war.” That language is unusually apocalyptic, but it reflects a genuine fear that US President Donald Trump could soon dismantle a crucial line of defense that Germans and other Europeans are proud to have built. European leaders have been on the back foot since January, when Trump gave them a deadline of May 12 to “fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal,” or he would re-impose sanctions on Iran. Trump’s main objections to the deal are that it does not address Iran’s misbehavior in the region or its ballistic missile … [Read more...] about How European leaders can save the Iran nuclear deal
500 parliamentarians from Britain, France and Germany warn the US Congress that undermining the Iran nuclear deal would undermine the unity of the Euro-Atlantic community. In a letter addressed to the US Congress, parliamentarians plead with Washington not to undermine an agreement that has been negotiated for over 13 years, reaching out and engaging Russia and China. The letter is published in major newspapers around the world throughout Thursday and Friday. The Trump administration has signalled its intention to withdraw from the agreement on May 12, unless the agreement if “fixed.” That means Washington is ready to reinstate sanctions on Iran, killing the agreement despite Tehran’s compliance. The signed by legislators by the three biggest members of the EU, as well as the two biggest military powers in Europe, makes an explicit warning on how big a damage this withdrawal would be for the Euro-Atlantic community: “It is the US’s and Europe’s … [Read more...] about 500 European MPs warn Trump against undermining the Iran nuclear deal