… from Press TV, Tehran

[ Editor’s Note: This has turned into a long duck-and-dodge “negotiation” about how to negotiate. My bet is that Trump will blink first, as he has more to lose.

By that I mean the international turmoil that Trump has created to feature himself on the grand world stage is going to blow up in his face, if next summer we are still stuck in the mud on these major foreign policy disputes, most of them initiated by Trump.

He knows he will be vulnerable to the “all talk and no action” label by the Dems and maybe even some Republicans. Next summer, Trump cannot be sitting where he is looking at the imminent election, while he is being beaten up as the “do nothing” President.

He will make any deal needed to assure he is reelected, regardless of any other positions he has claimed. Remember, this is a man for whom commitments are not a big deal.

The EU needs a way out, as they are in default on the JCPOA; and no one has any doubt that Iran will be cranking up its nuclear reprocessing program if the JCPOA wreck is not fixed. But Iran is kissing no one’s fanny, Trump’s especially, as part of the process.

You see how Trump’s tone has changed again in the last day or so. He does not seek regime change now, but wants a “richer” Iran, with no nukes. Sure, this came out of Trump’s mouth, so no one is going to bet their life that he means it.

You will read below that Iran has already pre-rejected surrender terms. Rouhani is not going to conclude a broad new agreement with Mr. Dealbreaker himself. Trump has to patch things up, before any new topics are discussed.

I think it is accepted by all non insane people that any Western or Israeli attempted military “fix” would find Iran pushing the mutually assured destruction button for the Persian Gulf coalition, using conventional means. The ensuing economic crash would be blamed on the aggressors; and everybody knows who they are.

We have already seen Yemen almost raining drones down on Saudi Arabia, having struck the capital itself. If Yemen can fight the Saudis and UAE to a standstill, just think what Iran could do. Who is going to buy a Patriot system any more? Not Turkey for sure. Cross your fingers that cooler heads prevailJim W. Dean ]

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The timing of Iran presenting its new air defense missile system was not an accident

– First published … August 26, 2019

Iran has rejected French President Emmanuel Macron’s proposal to include the Islamic Republic’s missile program into new negotiations, an informed source tells Press TV.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity on Monday, added that Iran has already responded to Macron’s proposal, stressing that the country’s missile program is not up for discussions.

According to the source, Iran has also rejected France’s proposals for talks on regional issues and Iran’s regional presence.

Reacting to the French president’s idea of establishing a $15 billion credit line for Iran in a trade mechanism to help Tehran conduct business, the source told Press TV that Iran had responded by saying that it would consider reversing its decision to scale back some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal if the line is established.

Regarding an offer of talks between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his US counterpart Donald Trump, the source said that Iran has already announced that any negotiation with the US hinges on Washington’s return to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and lifting of sanctions against Tehran.

PressTV-Iran’s Rouhani: US must lift all sanctions if it seeks talks

Iran will not take part in any negotiations as long as the sanctions are in place, as the Islamic Republic’s national interests will not be guaranteed unless the bans are removed, the source said, reaffirming President Rouhani’s earlier remarks on national interests.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions. However, President Trump pulled his country out of the international nuclear deal in May last year and stepped up sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

President Rouhani said in an address to a ceremony earlier on Monday that he would be ready to talk to anybody, it if helped solve the country’s economic problems.

“If I know that by taking part in a meeting with a specific person my country’s problem would be solved, I would not shy away from it, because the main issue [for me] is the country’s national interests,” Rouhani said.

Responding to certain Western media reports about possible Rouhani-Trump talks, the source said that Iran has never opposed talks and has held the longest-ever negotiations with the P5+1 group of countries, including the US, on its nuclear program.

It was the US that quit the JCPOA so any resumption of talks depends on the US’s return to the negotiating table and the 2015 nuclear accord, the source said.

Iran has never shied away from talks as proved before, but if the other party leaves the negotiating table and nixes the agreement as it has already done, negotiations would be meaningless, the source concluded.

Macron has recently stepped up diplomatic contacts with Tehran in a bid to allegedly cease the US economic war against Iran and deescalate tensions in the region.

The French president’s top diplomatic advisor traveled to Iran to hold talks with the country’s officials with the aim of contributing to easing tensions in the Persian Gulf region.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. America has come a long way since being an ally of the poor, downtrodden and disenfranchised. Now it has become the country with the rigged handshake. Most of the world’s suffering, was planned in Washington. If anyone wonders why countries are arbitrary and play hardball in their international dealings, they have woken up.

  2. I have to say that Iran ate our lunch with the JCPOA. More accurately, Obama and Iran ate Israels lunch. Israel knew thew likelihood of getting a sanction regime or physical attack on Iran in relation to their missile system was a total no-go. There would be NO sanctions over conventional weapons, period. So then comes the Iran is making nukes BS, which of course the Zionist flunkies world-wide could jump onto. So comes Obama and his not to wonderful relations with the Zionist Nutsack. He gets the JCPOA, restricting Irans nuke research and development in exchange for dropping illegal sanctions. Everybody but Israel and their flunkies are happy. Israel objected from the git-go because the Iranian missile developments were what they are really afraid of. They knew Iran had no desire for nukes, it was a smoke screen for sanctions, but Obama did not include missiles.

    • Now comes Trumpet and his desire for Israeli… He plays the JCPOA is bad card, vaguely says it was flawed, a bad deal. From Israeli perspective, it was, because it did not stop what Israel was truly afraid of, Iran’s development of a missile deterrent. Their fear of losing the high ground is justified, one look at the Yemen-KSA conflict confirms that. Trumps (Israels) plan for a new deal is merely the neutering of Iran by severely reducing their missile systems. The ‘nuke threat’ was and is a red herring. This reply to France shows Iran (and Israel/US) has known all along what was important, that’s why Iran gave their blessing to the JCPOA, as they never had any design on producing nukes, knowing the attending risks, costs and lack of necessity. The ‘Iranian Nukes’ BS ploy was a gigantic FAIL. I think it was also the best thing Obama did, a sharp stick in Israels eye. Iran will never relent on this as it is their life at stake. Macron simply made the proposal Israel demanded after he got up off his knees.

  3. “I think it is accepted by all non insane people…” – JWD

    I will agree with this as long as we include cognitive dissonance from Hasbara brainwashing as a form of insanity.

  4. I guess there’s no point in being an a$$hole unless you get to act like one. As one who has been around, I am truly embarrassed by my illiterate, adderall-addicted and pan-sexual president. And this two-party system best characterized as “inauthentic-opposition” is completely controlled by lobbyists and the most powerful criminals on the planet. Floriduhh is [email protected]@d controlled. The state’s recently elected gov. paid his obligatory pilgrimage to that place where he and others knocked their heads on a stone wall. Upon returning to Tallahassee, his excellency introduced a bill which would make it “highly illegal” to publish, to say (or to think?) that ‘Tinsel-Town’ is controlled by j00-know-who. Most people are unaware that once an action-flick’s script/story-line has approval from the pentagon (and others), then ALL the military gear (ships, planes, choppers, tanks, ordnance and personnel, et cetera are provided to the flick’s production company free of charge. It’s funded by us, the taxpayers. Please tell all your friends!

  5. As anyone can see. The USG’s record on keeping its word on Treaty Agreements is dismal at best. Just ask the First Nations.

    I thought that Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from JCPOA urged on by a Parasitic Rogue Terrorist State AKA “our greatest ally” that we illegally fund in violation of the Symington Amendment of 1976 because it hasn’t had the decency to sign on to the NPT is a definite case of the Pot accusing the Kettle.

    If there was an award for blatant hypocrisy Trump would be a winner hands down.

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