With Iran Deal Nixed, What's Plan B?

Ebony Scott
May 10, 2018

Hardliners in Washington have long advocated military strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities.

Dubai, traditionally a center for Iranian business, may suffer as companies, already cautious about trading with Iran, become more so because they see a greater risk of US legal action against them.

The other parties are now looking into ways to salvage the agreement, with the foreign ministers of France, Britain and Germany due to meet Iranian representatives next Monday. However, giving out exemptions to European states and India would render the sanctions on Iran blunt and ineffective.

American criticism was robust as well. Iran is now more unsafe.

She said Mr Trump was "sending a message to North Korea" that any agreement they reach with the United States over its nuclear ambitions "will be worthless".

In a statement to the House of Commons on Wednesday, Mr Johnson told MPs that Mr Trump's decision "makes no difference" to Britain's view of the deal as "vital for our national security and the stability of the Middle East".

"Every rational Israeli should today cheer Trump and admit honestly, with no relation to political affiliation, that this is also Benjamin Netanyahu's resounding victory".

Earlier Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said there was a need to "de-escalate tensions" after President Hassan Rouhani warned Iran could restart enriching uranium - a key element of a nuclear weapons programme - "without any limitations" within a matter of weeks. Since it was entered into however, I have worked to ensure there is rigorous enforcement and oversight of the deal.

In return, sanctions imposed by the UN, US and European Union that had crippled Iran's economy were lifted. "It was clear that the Americans can not be trusted and that they will never act on their commitments". It is in fact America who has violated its obligations under the deal. He said the United Kingdom had done its utmost to keep America in the deal, adding the U.S. decision made no change to the British assessment that the agreement was vital for British national security and the stability of the Middle East.

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The lawmakers also torched a copy of the nuclear deal signed by former President Barack Obama, in what the Times of Israel and Haaretz report was an "impromptu" demonstration on the Parliament floor.

Proponents of the JCPOA accuse Trump of misrepresenting the agreement's clauses, contending it has successfully frozen Iran's nuclear weapons development.

"But for Canada's objective, we make our decisions around foreign policy here in Ottawa, not in Washington, not elsewhere".

He says "we will always comply and adhere to all relevant export control regulations", but "we are waiting for guidance from the global community". Cardin notes that "just because he can leave the agreement does not mean he should".

In Tehran, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei voiced defiance, saying Mr Trump "cannot do a damn thing", while legislators in the Iranian parliament burned a paper USA flag.

Malik estimated Saudi oil revenues, 440 billion riyals ($117.3 billion) in 2017, could be 7 to 9 percent higher this year than they would have been without Trump's decision.

Nevertheless, the Trump administration will be pushing for a return to harsh multilateral sanctions against Iran with little in the way of a proposed diplomatic solution on the table, beyond a complete acceptance of denuclearisation on United States terms. "That was fully known by Republicans and Democrats in Congress".

Depending on how Trump sells it - either as an irreversible USA pullout, or one final chance to save it - the deal could be strengthened during those six months in a last-ditch effort to persuade Trump to change his mind. "Another 28 percent wanted to remain, and the remaining 28 percent said they did not know". In one fell swoop, the Trump administration has emboldened hardliners within Iran who will now target incumbent President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate government for their "weakness" and "blind faith" in the USA and the West.

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