‘Don’t leave Iran deal’: Top Democrats warn Trump

7
2018
Will Iran be cranking up its nuclear program if Trump backs out of the JCPOA?

… from Press TV, Tehran

I am sure Bibi already knows what Trump is going to do

[ Editor’s Note: The political planets have aligned in anticipation of Trump’s JCPOA announcement. Will it be Trump and Bibi against the world, and by their own hand?

Maybe, just maybe, this will break the dynamic that Israel is untouchable politically, or the US might see itself being counter-sanctioned by its own allies.

But there is a bigger story inside this Senate Democrat leader letter to Trump below. It seems to have a corporate media blackout. Gordon Duff and I could not find it anywhere. I am getting ready to call Feinstein’s office to ask if they were aware of that. There is a heavy hand that would have been needed for VT to only find it on Press TV.

It seems US media does not feel it even has to bother with worrying about appearing to be someone’s sockpuppet anymore. Maybe it feels that everybody already knows and it has caused them no concern, so whose fault is that? My, how times have changed.

Press TV has lined me up for Trump’s post-speech coverage. It should be an interesting day, while packing to go to Iran Jim W. Dean ]

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– First published … May 05, 2018

A group of top Democratic leaders in the US Senate have warned President Donald Trump against leaving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as the Republican head of state prepares to make the announcement with regards to the agreement later on Tuesday.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, co-signed a letter with eleven other senior lawmakers on Monday, in which they asked Trump to avoid unilateral decisions.

Iran’s reaction to be ‘detrimental’

“If the United States unilaterally withdraws from the JCPOA, Iran could either remain in the agreement and seek to isolate the United States from our closest partners, or resume its nuclear activities. Either scenario would be detrimental to our national security interests,” the senators said, using an acronym for the deal’s formal name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran agreed under the deal with the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions.

However, Trump thinks that the JCPOA, achieved under his predecessor Barack Obama, is flawed and needs to be “fixed” or otherwise scrapped in its entirety.

Trump wants the deal to guarantee unlimited access to Iran’s military sites for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)’s inspectors.

The American head of state also wants certain mechanisms to be included in the deal in order to limit Iran’s development and testing of ballistic missiles.

Iran, meanwhile, has made it clear that it would not sit down for a renegotiation of the JCPOA.

Tehran also regards its missile program and regional activities as part of its “national interests” that are not up for negotiation.

The senators told Trump in their letter that pulling out of the deal and restoring anti-Iran sanctions would damage Washington’s ties with its major allies.

“If Iran continues to abide by the agreement following a unilateral US withdrawal, the only effective way the United States could regenerate sufficient economic leverage over Tehran would be to sanction the very same nations that helped us negotiate the JCPOA in the first place, namely persons and businesses from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Taiwan, and India, among others,” they said.

Another scenario, the senators warned, was the possibility that Iran would restore all of its nuclear activities to the pre-JCPOA levels.

This would then take away any America’s hope for a denuclearization agreement with North Korea by discouraging Pyongyang leaders.

“US credibility in those denuclearization discussions would be severely undermined if North Korea concludes that US leaders are willing to unilaterally abrogate such nuclear agreements without cause,” the senators argued.

There are no concrete reports over whether Trump would simply pull out of the JCPOA or buy more time by signing another three-month sanctions waiver.

Indications of a possible pullout

With only a few hours left until the Tuesday announcement, diplomatic sources are almost certain that Trump will take the US out of the landmark deal.

Robert Malley, the former lead White House negotiator on the Iran agreement under President Barack Obama, said Monday that he expected Trump to withdraw from the JCPOA.

An unnamed European diplomat also told ABC News that it was “pretty obvious” Trump would pull out.

Another comprehensive report in this regard came from the New York Times, which cited senior European diplomats as saying the chance that Trump would keep the agreement intact was “very small.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. It’s a shame the Dems haven’t figured Trump out by now. Don’t you know this is his way of negotiating a better deal with Iran? Get over the negativity and come up with some positive stories about something, anything…

    • captrim99, this isn’t about either party it’s about ZIONIST ruling AMERICA ,and that’s both party’s! As to Iran they have already said no change in deal ,this is not an up-date this is forcing Iran to become defenseless the Zionist dream. And Iran will not bother and they would be fools to ..and yes i voted for Trump and know the risk but had hoped new trade agreements and stop of invasion would help us get in a better shape as a country but sadly Trumps Whole thing from day one is ZIONIST ISRAEL and tell me why can’t Iran have a nuclear weapon??? not one intelligent reason is there..

    • Captrim99- Trump is not going to get a “better deal”. Iran has fully complied with the deal they signed on to in 2015 and this has been confirmed 10 different times by the IAEA. Trump has no reason whatsoever to back out of the deal and reinstate sanctions against Iran, other than to please his Zionist puppet masters, of course. Anyone who watched Trumps campaign speech to AIPAC knew he was going to do this, before he even became president. Bibi Netanyahu recently travelled to member nations of the international agreement, (JCPOA) hoping to convince them that Iran hasn’t complied with the terms. Keep in mind that it’s Netanyahu and Israel who are guilty of operating the illegal nuclear facility and stockpiling hundreds of nuclear weapons, not Iran. Sadly for Bibi, the only idiot who bought into his nonsense, was the painted orange Judas goat, Donald Trump.

      Why should Iran renegotiate anything? They already went through negotiations and have fully complied with the terms agreed upon by the international community. The JCPOA put Iran’s nuclear program under intense scrutiny and insures they will not produce a nuclear weapon. Trump’s nonsensical decision to reinstate the economic sanctions and back out of the deal without any justification whatsoever, only further tarnished America’s already terrible reputation in the eyes of the rest of the world. The only government on earth that is impressed by this decision is the Israeli government, the same government who is guilty of operating their own illegal nuclear facility and stockpiling nuclear weapons. There has never been a more blatant Israeli stooge serving in the White House and I find it extremely discouraging that there are still people who support this fvcking moron.

    • “Drain the swamp”? Pfft, he turned the swamp into a fetid cesspool. The appointment of John Bolton, a primary architect of the disastrous 2003 Iraq war as his National Security Advisor, is a perfect example.

  2. While Trump is busy tearing up valid international contracts, the JCPOA, he can better use his super duper powers to tear up the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 and, the more recent, and very anti-citizen, Citizens United law. As soon as he finishes closing those two infected open sores he can solve the monstrous mystery of the missing $21 Trillions. That will pay off our (illegal) debt to the Fed, almost to the penny. Of course I’m fantasizing, and only the JCPOA tear up will actually happen, but imagine if he did do the suggested. Donald Trump would be credited with ending slavery in America and, possibly the world. I can see the headlines now; Trump Saves 7 Billion From Life Of Slavery. Hail to the chief.
    “Joe it’s time to wake up. OK mom, I’m getting up”.

  3. We should immediately be considering alternative amendments to the constitution to limit the power of the executive branch to alter existing agreements with other governments. This is not a decision one guy who may be a demagogue should be making. But, if there is a silver lining, and folks are smart, Iran is going to be thrust into a spotlight they can use to require Israel to allow inspections and membership to NPT. The primer has at least perforated the conversation and I have seen it brought up lately, quite surprisingly. the timing is right to put forth the idea, that the earth needs a common law regarding nukes, and it has to be fair. It cannot be obeyed by this one and ignored by that one. Most Certainly not blatantly ignored by one, who also then demands compliance of another. it is childish.

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