Update: More fallout from Trump violation of Iran nuclear deal

As we highlighted in our previous blog post, Trump violates Iran Nuclear Deal, on May 8, 2018 President Donald Trump announced his decision to unilaterally reimpose sanctions on Iran, despite its full compliance with the agreement.

RI President Peggy Mason discusses the repercussions with host Don Martin on CTV’s Power Play:

Since then, experts have sought to better understand the reasons behind Trump’s deeply troubling action.  Ramesh Thakur, professor emeritus and former UN Assistant Secretary-General, writes:

Trump has pulled out of the deal not because it was flawed, but because it was working as intended and this posed an insurmountable obstacle to potential military strikes on Iran. As a consequence, Trump’s decision will worsen relations with Europe, destabilise the Middle East, complicate negotiations to reverse North Korea’s nuclearisation and damage the global nuclear order.

Click Trump is master of the art of making America grate (Australian Institute of International Affairs) for his full article.

Professor Paul Rogers of Bradford University has an equally pessimistic view of American and Israeli intentions.

On the positive side, European leaders are working extremely hard to salvage the Iran nuclear deal by counteracting American efforts to penalize European companies for continuing to do business with Iran.  In addition to a European Union-wide “blocking statute” to nullify any U.S. sanctions imposed on EU firms, consideration is also being given to measures to increase Europe’s financial independence from the United States:

One proposal is to set up a purely European finance house to oversee euro-denominated transactions with Iran. – French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire.

If the Europeans actually follow through and develop some much needed economic independence from the United States, that will be one positive result from the otherwise disastrous action by President Trump to walk away from the Iran nuclear deal.

For the full article on European efforts to salvage the deal, see: US faces European backlash against Iran sanctions (Guardian.com, 11 May 2018).

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4 Responses to “Update: More fallout from Trump violation of Iran nuclear deal”

  1. Pete StemkovskyMay 24, 2018 at 9:20 pm #

    As a rogue state, the USA is second to none. I believe that as long as the US remains “united” with its present Foreign “Policy”, THE WORLD WILL HAVE NO PEACE, and certainly not with this “downright fool and complete narcissistic moron” in the White House.
    The world has been laid to waste by America’s foreign policy; its gunboat diplomacy, its nuclear arsenal, its vulgarly stated policy of “full spectrum dominance,” its chilling disregard for non-American lives, its barbarous military interventions, its support for despotic and dictatorial regimes, its merciless economic agenda that has munched through the economies of poor countries like a cloud of locusts. Its marauding multinationals who are taking over the food we eat, the air we breathe, the ground we stand on, the water we drink, the thoughts we think. Arundhati Roy.
    As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn stated “We have arrived at an intellectual chaos.”, discussing the profound contradictions of his own, Soviet era, just before an entire empire came crashing down. And, “If you oppose nuclear proliferation, your first target should be US foreign policy, which is the biggest impetus behind the scramble to arms.” Doug Casey.
    Yes indeed Anne C., I fully support your alternative headline: “Trump puppets out the lunacy of Nut Yahoo with precision”. Now, just watch -and enjoy- the whole structure come crashing down…
    Pete S.

  2. DemetriosMay 12, 2018 at 10:16 am #

    It is ironic, ridiculous and dangerous that countries (USA, France, UK, Israel…) with nuclear weapons are demanding other countries to not have them, especially the biggest player- the USA who has actually used these horrific instruments of destruction on civilians twice!

    We can only hope and demand that common sense be prevailed in this most serious potential of a nuclear Armageddon that our world faces today.

    The USA has become a huge rogue nation who is losing international respect, and the influence of Israel is detrimental to its image and political scope. When something goes wrong, it’s far better to deal with the problem and not the symptoms. The West (Canada included) doesn’t seem to get it.

    • Ann CoffeyMay 12, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

      Demetrios: I agree with you completely. The USA is only one 23rd part of the world’s population and the rest of us in the other 22 parts should not be putting up with this rogue nation’s dangerous behaviour. I found the comment below online today. I apologize for the length of it but I thought it was worth reading. It was written in response to an article entitled, “Trump’s Lies Are Louder Than His Iran Nuclear Exit”.

      “I’d like to suggest an alternative headline: “Trump puppets out the lunacy of Nut Yahoo with precision”.

      Bonus points if you caught Trump’s lies Tuesday night, May 8, when he announced the United States would exit the Iran nuclear deal – also known as the JCPOA.

      Here, we are not holding our breath that President Trump will start re-imposing the NPT-illegal sanctions against Iran. But we are holding him accountable for what he said. Indeed, President Trump’s torrent of misleading statements and flat-out lies will need an army of journalists working 24/7 to set the record straight. To help those who focus, on the resistance front, Iran’s fight against terrorism and extremism in Syria and Iraq, its commitment to the nuclear deal, and other regional and military defense issues, in the following we will call out Trump whenever he distorts the facts about such matters, and we expect to update it regularly.

      The quotes that follow are taken from Trump’s May 8, 2018, statement about withdrawing the United States from the nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany:


      President Trump announced that the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and is preparing to reinstate all sanctions it had waived as part of the accord.


      The decision unravels the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, President Barack Obama, and isolates the United States from its European allies. The US government never lifted its sanctions even after signing the nuclear agreement. Iran has been and still is unable to get LCs from international banks and is yet to have full access to the international SWIFT banking system. American companies are barred from doing business with Iran and the ones that did, like Boeing, are not delivering any passenger plane to Iran.


      Iran is the leading state sponsor of terror. It exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the Middle East, and supports terrorist proxies and militias such as Hezbollah, Hamas, the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.


      As acknowledged by numerous US administration officials and former or current politicians, the CIA trained and weaponized Al-Qaeda to counter the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan. The Taliban has been and is still being breastfed by Saudi Arabia. The same is true about ISIL. The terrorist group was created after the illegal US-led invasion of Iraq in
      2003, and took large swathes of lands in the Levant with support from Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States. It was only after the intervention of Iran and Russia that the terrorist group lost all its territory. Former Vice-President Joe Biden as well as former Pentagon
      Intelligence Chief and National Security Advisor Gen. Micheal Flyn both took the United States’ allies, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, responsible for the creation of terrorist and extremist groups like ISIL and Al-Nusra Front in the Middle-East.


      No action taken by the regime has been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons – and the means of delivering them. In fact, the deal allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and – over time – reach the brink of a nuclear breakout.


      As stated by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, “The Iran nuclear deal is not based on trust about Iran’s intentions; rather it is based on tough verification, including measures that allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency unprecedented access to Iran’s nuclear program.” The International Atomic Energy Agency also has confirmed that “Iran remains in compliance with its commitments under the landmark nuclear agreement.” The IAEA has already issued ten reports verifying Iran’s full compliance with the agreement.


      Today, we have definitive proof that this Iranian promise was a lie. Last week, Israel published intelligence documents – long concealed by Iran – conclusively showing the Iranian regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons.


      A former chief of Israel’s Mossad spy agency has said the documents revealed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a prime-time televised press conference last week contained no new evidence, and “the nuclear program files do not have a smoking gun.” Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the non-proliferation program at the International Institute for
      Strategic Studies, also says, “The documents that Prime Minister Netanyahu displayed on 30 April did not reveal anything that was already known by the IAEA.”


      If I allowed this deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. Not only does the deal fail to halt Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but it also fails to address the regime’s development of ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear warheads.


      As maintained by former US Secretary John Kerry: Trump’s claim that the agreement “sunsets,” thus allowing Iran the relatively unfettered ability to proceed with a nuclear weapon, “No, it never sunsets. There’s no sunset in this agreement.” Kerry’s parting words for Donald Trump are: “Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but no one is entitled to their own facts.” Director General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano has likewise confirmed Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, warning that any collapse of the deal would be a great loss: “As of today, I can state that Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments…If the JCPOA
      were to fail, it would be a great loss for nuclear verification and for multi-lateralism.”


      Finally, the deal does nothing to constrain Iran’s destabilizing activities, including its support for terrorism. Since the agreement, Iran’s bloody ambitions have grown only more brazen.

      Let the History Begin

      In March 2003, when the Bush administration launched its invasion of Iraq, the region, though simmering as ever, looked like this: Libya was stable, ruled by a strongman; Syria was experiencing stability and tranquility under the Assad family; Iraq was not experiencing daily blasts and bloodshed; the Turks and Kurds had an uneasy but functional
      ceasefire; and Yemen was quiet enough, other than the attack on the USS Cole in 2000. Relations between the US and most of these nations were so warm that Washington was routinely rendering “terrorists” to their dungeons for some outsourced torture.

      It’s easy enough to hustle through these unfortunate countries in the region in various states of decay before heading into the heart of the chaos: Libya is a failed state, bleeding mayhem into northern Africa; Egypt failed its Arab Uprising test and relies on the US to support its anti-democratic militarized government; and Yemen is a disastrously failed state, now the scene of a US-backed, Saudi-led war (with a thriving al-Qaeda outfit and a small but growing arm of the ISIL thrown into the bargain).

      In light of all this, it’s hardly surprising that no one with a sound mind in Europe or elsewhere is willing to believe Trump’s baseless accusations against Iran. What if the US hadn’t invaded Iraq in 2003? Things would undoubtedly be very different in the Middle East today. The Twitter-in-Chief can stipulate that Iran is a threat and needs to be contained. In reality, the US has few clear goals in the region, but is escalating anyway. Whatever world order Trump may be fighting for in the Middle East, it seems at least an empire or two out of date.”

  3. HadiaMay 11, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

    I really don’t understand why Trump is still in office? His stupidity, beligrrance and long lists of mistakes are not just am embarrassment to all but are actually extremely dangerous for the USAnd the entire world. As a pawn of the electoral college, perhaps they can override their decision to let him remain a puppet president who died risk creating a nuclear war!