President Trump violates Iran nuclear deal

Former Disarmament Ambassadors condemn Trump’s unilateral breach of international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program

Two former Canadian Disarmament Ambassadors, Douglas Roche and Peggy Mason, condemned in the strongest possible terms the May 8th decision by Donald Trump not to renew U.S. sanctions waivers in violation of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal between the P5+1 countries (China, France, Germany, Russia, UK and USA) and Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

 The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has ten times certified Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement.  In contrast, Trump’s reimposition of sanctions is a twofold breach of U.S. commitments under the agreement – firstly, not to reimpose sanctions absent an Iranian violation and secondly, not to interfere with sanctions relief by others through so-called secondary sanctions on non-U.S. entities”, they said.

Mason went on to say:

This is a multilateral agreement so Trump’s reckless action alone cannot kill the deal.  However, it is in serious jeopardy unless other parties, particularly France, Germany and the UK, take immediate steps to insulate their companies and banks engaged in trade with Iran from U.S. retaliation”.

The two former Canadian Ambassadors to the UN also underlined the importance of all other parties to the agreement as well as the broader international community, including Canada, to stand firmly behind the agreement:

Through its resolution 2231 of 2015, the UN Security Council called on all member states to do their part to implement this agreement.  We therefore call on Canada to stand up for the deal and in particular to take steps to fully protect Canadian companies trading in good faith with Iran.”

Mason underscored the success of this agreement in forestalling Iran’s nuclear program and urged that country to continue abiding by the deal, despite USA provocations. She also noted Iran’s repeated assertions that it would be ready to discuss non-nuclear concerns raised by the USA provided the JCPOA was fully implemented.

She further stated:

The JCPOA is a strong non-proliferation agreement, mandating robust international monitoring of Iran’s nuclear activities and imposing strict limits on sensitive activities.  Rather than building on this agreement, President Trump has inexplicably chosen to walk away from it, with no discernible plan of action for what comes next.”

Former Ambassador Douglas Roche concluded:

This is a terrible day in the long struggle for nuclear disarmament.  If the rule of law cannot be upheld, then nightmares for humanity lie ahead.  The Non-Proliferation Treaty is seriously — let us hope not fatally — undermined by the Trump action.  The Canadian government must vigorously oppose this unwarranted move and re-double its efforts to have the nuclear and non-nuclear weapons states work together to preserve the non-proliferation regime.”

Click here for the reaction of the UK, German and French governments, who are standing firm behind the deal, as well as a stark warning from Former President Barack Obama.  Click here for a range of international statements of support and here for initial EU reaction.  And for further analysis see: Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal without the U.S.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chyrstia Freeland also issued a statement of support for the JCPOA, while underlining continuing concern over other Iranian activities.   Commenting on that statement, former Ambassador Mason noted:

With Trump having walked away from the nuclear deal, it will now be immeasurably more difficult to negotiate in good faith with Iran on other pressing regional security issues.”

Photo credit: USA State Department (showing Signatories to the JCPOA).

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11 Responses to “President Trump violates Iran nuclear deal”

  1. Anne StreeterMay 11, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    Who would ever feel secure in signing a contract with Trump! Also, I have no faith in Trudeau and Freeland on the international stage whether it be in regard to Russia, Venezuela, Ukraine, Syria , Saudi Arabia etc. So far they frighten me!

  2. J.WMay 9, 2018 at 11:57 pm #

    Not all has been quite right! Iran is a dangerous regime.

    “Canada condemns Iran’s ongoing development of its ballistic missile program and its ballistic missile launches, which are destabilizing for the region. Canada maintains sanctions that target Iran’s ballistic missile programs.

    “We continue to oppose Iran’s support for terrorist organizations, its threats toward Israel, and its support for the Assad regime in Syria. We will continue to work closely with our allies and partners to hold Iran to account.” (Freeland)

    • DemetriosMay 11, 2018 at 2:02 pm #

      @J.W, How is Iran a dangerous regime? It hasn’t invaded anyone in hundreds of years. Only the neurotic Israelis say they feel a direct threat from Iran. It is a false perception being perpetrated to justify aggressive maneuvers from the Zionist state and America. It is exceedingly possible that Trump is loudly rattling sabers from their coaxing.

      Ballistic missiles? There are dozens of countries developing them for their security. Why is Iran singularly condemned for having them? If anyone is destabilizing the region, it is in fact Israel, ISIS, Saudi Arabia, NATO and the USA.

      Firstly, it has been asked for assistance by the Syrian government, along with Russia and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and collectively they have managed to significantly stop the madness in only a few years, after The USA’s efforts of at least five years led to nothing.

      The Western Media has been relentlessly condemning President Assad and Syria wrongly, and I’m afraid that you seem to have swallowed the lies unquestioningly. Please stop relying on the lies that have been fed to us with the sponsorship of the big corporations, governments, and that lovely Zionist State.

      We are presently in a very precarious situation, more than ever, and anything can happen to spark a most dangerous phase of this global dynamic that may have irreversible consequences. I ask you to use more discretion about what “fake news” actually is.

  3. Ed LehmanMay 9, 2018 at 11:24 pm #

    Today both Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Trudeau made reasonable statements in support of the nuclear treaty with Iran. However, if Trump moves to strangle Iran economically or attempt some kind of “regime-change” one must wonder how they will react then given Canada’s behaviour towards North Korea and Venezuela. It is about time Canada acted for peace and not war.

  4. Caroline MaloneyMay 9, 2018 at 11:15 pm #

    Exactly, Angus Cunningha! How is this move by Trump “making America great again”? Why?

  5. EUGENE D. BURLESMay 9, 2018 at 8:51 pm #

    The lunatic is on the grass
    The lunatic is on the grass
    Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
    Got to keep the loonies on the path
    The lunatic is in the hall
    The lunatics are in my hall
    The paper holds their folded faces to the floor
    And every day the paper boy brings more
    And if the dam breaks open many years too soon
    And if there is no room upon the hill
    And if your head explodes with dark forbodings too
    I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon
    The lunatic is in my head
    The lunatic is in my head
    You raise the blade, you make the change
    You re-arrange me ’till I’m sane
    You lock the door
    And throw away the key
    There’s someone in my head but it’s not me.
    And if the cloud bursts, thunder in your ear
    You shout and no one seems to hear
    And if the band you’re in starts playing different tunes
    I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon

    “I can’t think of anything to say except…
    I think it’s marvellous! Hahaha! “

    • DemetriosMay 11, 2018 at 2:06 pm #

      Say what?????

  6. Jocelyn ChouinardMay 9, 2018 at 8:34 pm #

    Trump is a wild canon with no concept of international law and a danger to us all!

  7. Angus CunninghaMay 9, 2018 at 6:18 pm #

    What was the motivation of the US President for the way in which he announced his decision, against the advice of all but the most recent addition to his cabinet and virtually every ally and think tank worldwide, to withdraw from the JCPOA?

    • Howard A. DoughtyMay 10, 2018 at 7:52 am #


      It might have something to do with Benjamin Natanyahu and/or Saudi Arabia.

      Or, it might be a distraction from the distraction of Stormy & her friends.

      Or, it might be an attempt to win votes for GOP candidates in 2018.

      Or all of the above.

      • Howard A. DoughtyMay 10, 2018 at 8:14 am #

        Oh yeah, one more thing … Obama did it, therefore Trump undid it.

        Making the Obama legacy vanish is all the motivation Trump needs.