Europe, US divided over policies toward Iran

Iran Daily- Despite convergent views and fundamental unity which have persisted between the US and Europe in formulating policies against Iran, they have adopted different approaches toward Tehran in periods of times. 

Presently, it seems that the convergence between the US and Europe towards Iran has turned into divergence.

The Trump administration talks about reviewing the Iran nuclear deal and containing Iran’s role in the region while Europe stresses on its commitments to stick to the agreement and interact with the Islamic Republic in the post JCPOA-era.

This is a real difference though it may not be permanent.

The European Union and the White House are in disagreement about their ties with Iran on some important issues.

The most important and the main issue pertains to the JCPOA. The Trump administration has had no role in signing the nuclear accord. Although his government has remained committed to the deal, it has occasionally called for scrapping or reviewing the agreement, without mulling over the consequences.

However, the European Union considers the JCPOA as its biggest diplomatic achievement in the current century.

The EU regards maintaining the deal in line with its political interests due to the influential and useful steps it has taken to benefit from ties with Iran in the post JCPOA-era.

The bloc has also warned the White House about the necessity to stick to the deal.

The second difference between the US and Europe over Iran is about the root causes of terrorism and instability in the region.

The US president in his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia accused Iran of fueling the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.

Such an unrealistic and wrong stance adopted by Washington, which fuels Iranophobia, has helped in making a huge arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

Such a stance is tantamount to plunging the Middle East into growing insecurity, instability and terrorism.

While Trump was engaged in signing a multi-billion dollar arms deal with Riyadh, another terror attack hit Europe which led to the deaths of 22 people in Manchester.

Hence, it’s vital for Europe to trace the real roots of terrorism. The European Union – unlike Trump’s stance – cannot trade the security of its citizens for unstable political interests by misrepresenting the root causes of terrorism.

The widespread occurrence of terror attacks in Europe suggests that the perpetrators are the puppets of Wahhabis who train and organize their mercenaries in the region.

This sheds light on the difference between the EU and Washington. When there are differences about root causes of terrorism and instability, there will be differences on how to tackle them. Hence, one can understand why the European Union gives a cold shoulder to anti-Iran propaganda staged by the US and its regional allies, which seek to isolate the Islamic Republic.

In total disregard of such smear campaigns launched against Iran, the EU welcomed the results of Iran’s May 19 presidential elections and called for establishing deep interaction and strong ties with the Islamic Republic to overcome the gloomy phenomenon of terrorism.