Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Iranians protest Trump's decision on nuclear deal, fearing renewed sanctions

Iranians protest Trump's decision on nuclear deal, fearing renewed sanctions

The decision to go back on a U.S. commitment to a deal that even U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel and Secretary of Defense James Mattis have acknowledged were working is the ultimate unforced error, and the potential consequences could not be more dire. That was a promise he made, and it is a promise he intends to keep.

It is now clear that the Trump administration will begin a new "maximum pressure campaign" against Iran, with the hope of bringing the regime to the table as it did with North Korea. They have a better sense now of the price Trump will want to extract for any agreement. The deal has capped Iran's nuclear programs and the postponement would allow Tehran to build trust with neighboring countries that would encourage it to give up those nuclear dreams. On the eve of the Trump decision, all we could do is to tell the Iranians: "don't do anything rash", the diplomat said.

What comes next? President Rouhani and European leaders signaled one possible direction, suggesting that they will try to negotiate a rump JCPOA. Iran has learned that negotiating with Washington is a dead end.

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In the phone call, the President of France Emmanuel Macron expressed regret over Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal and said: "European countries have announced their objection to this decision collectively". But while many analysts agree the Iran deal was badly constructed, they say it has worked thus far, and the USA pullout will further destabilise the Middle East, where Iran and Israel are already in a proxy war in Syria, and Saudi Arabia and Iran are in a proxy war in Yemen. "They seem to be in good health". "Europe and China will not fight against the us sanctions". While North Korea's response to Trump's announcement was to release the USA detainees, Iran's response was different. Former CIA director John O. Brennon, for example, tweeted "Today, Donald Trump simultaneously lied about the Iranian nuclear deal, undermined global confidence in United States commitments, alienated our closest allies, strengthened Iranian hawks, & gave North Korea more reason to keep its nukes".

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Oil prices rose on Thursday, heading for its largest weekly increase in a month, as the market prepared for potential disruption to crude flows from major exporter Iran in the face of USA sanctions.

And what about President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump greets 3 American detainees freed by North Korea Trump called Blankenship after Senate primary loss: report Education Dept to relax rules restricting faith-based institutions from getting federal aid MORE's promise that Iran will come back to the USA looking to offer a "better deal?"

The process with Iran is more complicated.

To sum it up, Macron, Merkel, and their colleagues are faced with an unenviable dilemma: In the interests of avoiding a nuclear-arms race and preserving some sort of order in the Middle East, should they stand up to the wrecker in the White House at an economic cost to their own countries, and at the risk of creating even deeper fissures in the transatlantic alliance? "They are the rightful heirs to a rich culture and an ancient land and they deserve a nation that does justice to their dreams, honor to their history, and glory to their god".

The benefits are hard to see, other than political posturing that looks heroic to Trump voters.

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