American Herald Tribune | Robert Fantina: United States violence and war mongering never cease. It doesn’t matter which party is in power, the Democrats or the Republicans, other nations across the globe will be victimized.
Since the beginning of the administration of current President Donald Trump, government hostility towards Iran has been the focus. His predecessor, Barack Obama, along with the leaders of five other nations and the European Union, signed an agreement with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which limited Iran’s alleged nuclear ambitions, in exchange for the removal of sanctions against Iran. This agreement was ratified by the United Nations.
U.S. law stipulates that the president must certify every three months that Iran is in compliance. Obama did so during the remainder of his term after the agreement was signed, and Trump did twice, but reportedly told his advisors to find some way of being able to declare that Iran is non-compliant.
In October, despite the agreement of the U.N. and all other parties to the agreement that Iran was in complete compliance with the agreement, the U.S. violated it by refusing to certify compliance. At that time, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., the highly unqualified Nikki Haley, proclaimed that Iran was being deceitful, and that if it was complying with the letter of the law, it was failing to do so with the ‘spirit’ of the law.
It must be recognized that this was a complex agreement. In order to avoid any possible misinterpretations, it had to be, to assure that there was no question about the ‘spirit’ of the law, so that the technical components of the agreement – the ‘letter of the law’ – would be that on which compliance would be judged.