Donald Trump

Trump’s last option on Iran nuclear deal

IRNA |Hamdollah Emadi Heydari: US President Donald Trump took office in January 20, 2017 and in the past seven months he has changed the direction of both US domestic and foreign policy.

Trump made efforts to cancel the Obamacare, a major investment policy in public infrastructure and also tried to overhaul cutting taxes for individuals, small businesses, and corporations.

He also issued orders to build a wall along US-Mexico border and tried to deport millions of undocumented workers.

Since the start of Trump’s presidency, White House has done hard work to withdraw the climate change agreement, issued visa ban for certain Muslim nations and most importantly, it severed ties with North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia, China and some other traditional critics of the US imperialism.

Trump has not been also kind to the US partners as many Arab and European allies of Washington were harmed by the Whitehouse hawkish approach.

Countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar were forced to ink multi-billion-dollar contracts to guarantee continuation of Washington’s support for them.

Just recently, not acting against neo-Nazi and white supremacy racist groups which many believe endangered the US national security and unity has sparked criticism of Trump both inside and outside the US.

Despite the fact that many call Trump crazy, daft and mad but he has shown rational behavior towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Iran and G5+1 (US, UK, Russia, France, China plus Germany) in Vienna in 2015.

It is worth noting that according to a US law, the White House had to notify Congress of Iran’s compliance with the JCOPA every 90 days and Trump did this twice in April and July.

Trump seems to be handcuffed towards Iran nuclear deal and he had said in July that “if it was up to me, I would have had them noncompliant 180 days ago’.

Despite the fact that Trump has threatened not to approve Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal in October and his government is pressuring the UN nuclear watchdog in this regard, but it is unlikely that he be able to succeed in this regard.

In spite of the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s last week visit to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and her request from the international body to inspect Iran military sites, the United Nations nuclear watchdog in its quarterly report, released on Thursday confirmed for the seventh time that Iran has been bound to its obligations enshrined in the JCPOA.

Trump has no option but to act rationally because all sides of the nuclear deal, including the EU countries, have declared support for it and have refused the White House’s call for revision of the agreement.

Now, Trump does not have the easy job of his predecessor Barack Obama and will need the support by European capitals, Moscow and Beijing for revival of sanctions against Iran’s oil and financial sectors.

Trump is now desperate towards powerful Iran and realization of his anti-Iranian dreams, including withdrawing the JCPOA, has become more difficult than ever.

As an example, French President Emanuel Macron has said recently that there are ‘no alternative’ to the JCPOA and other word powers, in particular, China and Russia have shown similar reactions.

Addressing a regular press conference on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “China has noted the latest report submitted by the IAEA director general, which once again confirmed Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA.”

“China welcomes that and commends the efforts made by Iran and the IAEA,” Hua said, adding, “We hope that all relevant parties could carry on with their implementation of the JCPOA, and that the IAEA could continue honoring its obligations with an objective, unbiased, and professional attitude.”

Trump is also under pressure inside the US and beside the democrat lawmakers in the US congress, many Republicans and giant American companies who were Trump sponsors during its electoral campaigns in 2016 election and are expected to support him in the 2020 presidential elections are also warning about the consequences of sabotaging the Iran deal.

While, once upon a time, it was said in the media that Iran is circumventing the international sanctions, but now, it is said that the US is desperately circumventing the nuclear deal to pressure the Islamic Republic.

In conclusion, circumventing the Iran nuclear deal is supposed to be Trump’s last option against Islamic Republic which needs the guarantors of deal, including the UN Security Council, IAEA and world powers ‘attention.