Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Iran's President To Address UN Amid Debate Over Nuclear Deal

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Wallace Pearson | 15 September, 2017, 00:56

Trump has publicly contemplated withholding certification of the JCPOA in mid-October regardless of Iranian actions, which would nearly certainly upend the nuclear accord by triggering the reinstatement of nuclear sanctions.

Form for signing up for free newsletter. "Iran is clearly in default of these expectations of the JCPOA", he said.

The abrogation of the nuclear deal would lend a tremendous blow to the worldwide credibility of major powers that signed the deal with Iran. The document has been shared with officials in the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers in Congress, sources familiar with the memo told Foreign Policy.

Even as the administration prepared to waive the oil-related sanctions, the Treasury Department announced new sanctions on 11 entities and individuals for "engaging in support of designated Iranian actors or malicious cyber-enabled activity", including two entities based in Ukraine.

The secretary of state and other top administration officials believe remaining in the deal would ultimately be better than quitting it because Iran is widely seen to be complying with the letter of the agreement it reached with the USA and five other world powers, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing diplomatic efforts.

We respectfully urge that you, as our elected representatives in a co-equal branch of government, do everything in Congress' power to prevent Donald Trump from dismantling the Iran nuclear deal and from escalating towards a disastrous war with Iran.

During an assembly with the deans and professors of universities, Ali Akbar Velayati said "preventing sales of aircrafts to Iran is another proof that we should not rely on the United States and their allies". However, given the choice of banking with Iran or banking with the U.S.; everyone would choose the US.

"Iran is subject to the world's most robust nuclear verification regime".

The Trump White House's threats to dismantle the JCPOA are tremendously risky for the USA and the entire world. Congress could then issue sanctions that, according to the plan, would force everybody back to the table.

The administration also faces an October 15 deadline to certify whether Iran remains in compliance with the nuclear deal. "Establishing a credible threat of a total USA financial embargo in-waiting would enhance US diplomatic leverage to curb Iranian illicit behavior and allow for a period of further evaluation at the end of the next 90-day period". "It seeks to bring about a change in the Iranian regime's behavior".

The proposal is created to address "a range of concerns about decertification, including the big "what happens next" question", said the source who had discussed the memo with congressional offices.

Iran deal opponents inside and outside the administration argue that Tehran's full compliance is unproven, particularly on allowing nuclear inspections at military sites.

Colin Kahl, who served as an assistant to former USA president Barack Obama and national security adviser to former vice president Joe Biden, said the Iranians will maintain its "near-term strategy" of trying to drive a wedge between the United States and Europe. But reinstating sanctions would violate the U.S.'s terms - and effectively tear up the agreement. He also said that upholding the Iran nuclear agreement was important as the global community seeks to grapple with the North Korean nuclear threat.

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