Scrapping the Iran deal will only harm America's international interests

Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani

"The Trump regime's hostile action (against Larijani)... crossed all red lines of conduct in the worldwide community and is a violation of global law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic", the Iranian foreign ministry said in a statement.

As Trump agreed to the sanctions relief, US Department of Treasury said on Friday that it has imposed new sanctions on 14 individuals and entities over Iran's alleged human rights abuses and ballistic missile program, including head of Iran's judiciary and the cyber unit of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

President Donald Trump is expected this week to extend relief from economic sanctions to Iran as part of the nuclear deal, citing progress in amending United States legislation that governs Washington's participation in the controversial accord, according to USA officials and others familiar with the administration's deliberations. Now more than ever, Iran considers it likely that the United States may leave the nuclear deal, thus imposing new conditions on both Iran and the rest of the world.

The Iran agreement between the United States, Iran, France, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, and Germany was a signature deal of the Obama administration completed in 2015, that exchanged billions in sanctions relief for measures that would restrict Tehran's nuclear program.

"If at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately", he added.

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The deal, negotiated by the Obama administration is centered exclusively on the Iranian's nuclear weapons program.

That balance is aimed at satisfying Trump's demand to raise pressure on Iran, while not embarking on a frontal assault on the most central trade-offs of the nuclear agreement.

The president also wants the US Congress to amend a law on US participation in the nuclear deal, so that Washington could reimpose all sanctions if Iran breaches certain "trigger points". The administration would like nuclear sanctions to snap-back on Tehran if it falls back into old habits after prohibitions outlined in the deal have expired. As CNBC put it in a report earlier in the week, this presents Trump with multiple opportunities to scrap the nuclear deal. Now, the president also said in that October 13 statement - he also said at the time that his administration would work with the Congress and with the European allies to come up with ways to raise the price, not just on issues of transparency but actually to affect the ballistic missile testing, to affect Iran's behavior, its regional destabilizing behavior in the region.

Trump's decision, which wasn't set until late in the day Thursday, follows the advice of his entire national security team, including National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

A decision to withhold a waiver would have effectively ended the deal between Iran and the other worldwide signatories.

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"President Macron reaffirmed France's determination to see the agreement strictly enforced and the importance for all of its signatories to abide by it", Macron's office said in a statement to reporters.

But the official said the White House also wants Congress and European allies to take sterner action before the next deadline for extending the deal. JCPOA is not renegotiable: rather than repeating exhausted rhetoric, USA must bring itself into full compliance -just like Iran.

Given what is riding on the deals for the company and in light of recent anti-regime protests throughout Iran, THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked Boeing if the company simply defers to the USA government's assessment of the appropriateness of such leases and sales (especially to a country considered a state sponsor of terrorism) or does Boeing make an independent assessment of whether business with a particular customer might or might not be appropriate.

Hailing the deal as a "considerable diplomatic accomplishment", British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said no one has so far come up with a better alternative.

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