US to set itself against allies if leaving JCPOA: Analysts

IRNA – If the US is pulled out of the July 2015 deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it will set itself against its allies, analyst believe according to the international news organization ‘Christian Science Monitor.’

‘…, analysts and officials warn it could leave the US at odds with its allies,’ the CSMonitor reported on July 28 after analyzing the US possible action to leave the international deal.

‘With another opportunity to withdraw from the 2015 international agreement coming up at the end of September, the White House appears to be laying the groundwork for a decision that would make good on a campaign pledge to pull the United States out of a deal Mr. Trump has called “disastrous,” staff writer Howard LaFranchi said according to the news organization.

‘More broadly, such a move would bolster Trump’s vision of an aggressive and nationalist – as opposed to multilateral and internationalist – foreign policy.

‘Pulling out of the Iran accord would complete a trifecta of withdrawals from international agreements that [US President Donald] Trump inherited from President Obama. The agreements symbolized Mr. Obama’s emphasis on multilateral approaches to international issues and diplomacy with adversaries.

‘Trump canceled US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal shortly after taking office, and withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Accord in June,’ LaFranchi wrote.

The writer went on to say ‘But some US officials, members of Congress, and regional analysts are cautioning that withdrawing from a nuclear deal reached with other international powers would leave the US isolated on the issue, when Trump’s goal is ostensibly to isolate Iran.’

As it is written by the CSMonitor, Robert Litwak, vice president for scholars and academic relations at the Wilson Center in Washington, says “If the United States withdrew from the JCPOA, the nuclear accord would continue [but] the political optic would shift.’

In reaching the deal, it was “the United States and the world versus Iran,” he says.

But “if the United States unilaterally withdrew, the optic would shift to Iran and the world versus the United States,” adds Mr. Litwak, author of “Iran’s Nuclear Chess: After the Deal.” Under that new scenario, the US “would be the outlier.”

The president [Trump], on the other hand, appears to be focused on scrapping the deal – whether that means the US is “going it alone” or not.