US envoy spews vitriol as six more EU nations defy sanctions bypass device INSTEX & urge saving Iran nuclear deal

…from Russia Today, Moscow

[ Editor’s Note: This is nice news that these countries showed the ability to send a message to the US about its domineering sanctions policies. Their joining the INSTEX trade payment system is important symbolically, but whether it stops there because they don’t actually use it we shall have to wait and see.

The EU, especially France and Germany, have shown an incredible display of Alice-in-Wonderland diplomacy by constantly stating that they fully support the JCPOA while not actually doing so.

Needless to say the Iranians are upset because they had the good manners to give them lots of time to get the working details of INSTEX arranged, but that has gone far beyond any reasonable time expectation to accomplish.

That put the INSTEX promoters in the spotlight for possibly having used it as a ruse to buy time for someone else to figure out a real solution. Iran on the other hand has shown great professionalism by instituting a measured withdrawal from the JCPOA, which national pride, and the agreement allows it to do.

It is a national disgrace for the make-believe protector of freedom and democracy to still be blocking trade payments for medicine and medical equipment via a banking threat system, where no middle man wants to get sanctioned and become collateral damage – something that in my book qualifies as sanction terrorism itself.

The US has done the same with Venezuela, albeit a little differently. Medical supplies it needs are blocked due to Venezuela’s large funds in the US being frozen, and hence cannot be used to pay for imports.

Watching Venezuelans die due to this fills the NeoCons with glee, yet they can still go out to dinner in the US without being booed and having food thrown at themJim W. Dean ]

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– First published … November 30, 2019

Six European countries, among them US NATO allies, have joined an EU scheme to bypass Donald Trump’s sweeping sanctions, which ban all trade activities with Iran, raising the ire of a notorious American ambassador in Berlin.

Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden released a joint  statement relating their intent to connect to INSTEX, short for the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges, a European special-purpose vehicle. The move is to “facilitate legitimate trade between Europe and Iran,” and also to make the Islamic Republic stick by the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal.

The news –lauded by some European diplomats– earned an angry rebuke from Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany. The envoy, whose heavy-handed diplomacy has irritated many influential Germans, found in his crosshairs a tweet by Lars Nordrum, Norway’s Ambassador to Iran.

Nordrum didn’t respond to the verbal assault, but the INSTEX participants’ expansion received credit from French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian, who praised the “important decision” that will show “Europe’s autonomy of action.”

Launched by the UK, France and Germany in January, INSTEX shields European businesses from US sanctions by allowing them to trade with Iran without using dollars or running transactions through American banks.

The move was to push back against the US, which unilaterally walked out of the nuclear deal last year, re-imposed heavy sanctions on Iran’s finances, foreign trade and oil production, and designated its elite Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization.

The Europeans, instead, chose to remain in the deal, although Iranian officials have been skeptical of their attempts to protect mutual trade against US restrictions. Earlier this year, Tehran also exceeded several commitments under the deal, beginning to enrich uranium and building new nuclear centrifuges.


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7 COMMENTS

  1. How can ANYBODY Say that YES a Mere some 3000 died on 9.11 ………….. Whatès Your Proof and Whatès Your Logig that a mere some 3000 died …………. Youère Only Quoting the Word of the Known Liar USA Govt ……….. Do You really Want to believe in Known Liars of the Liar USA Government ………….. AND Can YOU Even Afford to Believe in the Endless Bullshit Lies that these USA Govt people keep spewing out ……… Can YOU Really Afford to Believe in Bullshit …………… QUESTION EVERYTHING PLEASE ……..

  2. It’s good to see that the US is finally starting to lose its iron grip on the World’s economy. Obviously what Trump says and what he does are two different things but the fact is it doesn’t seem to matter any more since the empire seems to be coming down anyway.

    Of course the last dying gasp of the American Imperium was Bolivia but hopefully the Bolivians will be able to turn that around soon. Just as it was done in Venezuela.

  3. … from Europe, here…

    nothing personal against the Donald, i hope he will drain the swamp…

    but USA have to understand that they have to choose between two opposites… aka…

    1)Europe, with her traditional, aristocratic history made by indoeuropean people and indoeuropean culture ( yes, we are the Aryans ), who help other indoeuropeans ( and yes, genetically the iranians are Aryans ( R1a M 196/ R1b L 23 haplos ) even if they became muslims, the older stock of Aryans, in truth )

    2)the Jews… non Aryans, non Indoeuropeans, and haters not only of Iran, but also of Europe…

    it’s too easy for Richard Grenell saying ‘ it’s not US fault’… until USA choose the jews, they are destined to loose Europe forever… 70 years ago we fought to defend ourselves against the jewish usurers behind USA… now we are at a point we must save our soul, and go to East.

  4. “Six European countries, among them US NATO allies, have joined an EU scheme to bypass Donald Trump’s sweeping sanctions, which ban all trade activities with Iran, raising the ire of a notorious American ambassador in Berlin.”

    Donald Trump’s sweeping illegal desperate Israeli sanctions. Not the “deep state sanctions” or “Obama drama did the same sanctions” nor “democrats libtards Nancy Pelosi sanctions” no …

    An Israeli firster occupying the Oval Office who wants blood from every Iranian and he doesn’t even care as long as he gets his two worthless shekels at the end. Just when you thought it couldn’t go any lower than Ronald Reagan or George W Bush.

    • Bush knew the towers were coming down and a missile going into the Pentagon and he let them murder 3000 Americans that day, knowing beginning the NEOCON-Israel-Saudi plan was to do “regime change”, that famous “7 countries in 5 years” (now going on 20).

      While Ronald Reagan’s partnership with Israel to provide Saddam his CW program supplies (serin I think) and murder 100,000 Iranians with it, was indeed sickening, Bush let them murder Americans in America while he was hiding with children. Watch Bush’s face when told the attacks started…he knew.

    • Toby the death toll of Reagan/Rumsfeld’s mustard gas was much higher than that. But Reagan wasn’t just a filthy war criminal. He is the reason for what we see today as economic misery around the world. It took 30 years for his filthy plans to come to full fruition. The best person who explains that is Michael Hudson on YouTube Real News Network “Reaganomics Sucked Wealth Up, Did Not Trickle It Down”. Think of all the 1%ers and big corporation riding on the back of the planet for free.
      And his trash lover on the other side of the pond, Margaret Thatcher, she did the same thing to Europe.
      Anyone still proud as “Reagan Republican” is a traitor and a war criminal.