‘Dialogue of the deaf’? Iran deal talks persist as Trump looks poised to kill it
The Guardian | Julian Borger: Europe and Iran are talking but John Bolton and Mike Pompeo are against the nuclear pact. A 12 May deadline looms
Donald Trump loves the drama and tension of an ultimatum. It appeals to the ringmaster in him. The former reality show star revels in having the whole world hold its breath in anticipation of his next announcement.
None of Trump’s serial deadlines is likely to be more consequential than the one looming on 12 May. That is the day on which he must sign a presidential waiver on sanctions on Iran, or violate a landmark multilateral agreement on the future of Iran’s nuclear programme signed in 2015 with European allies, the UK, France and Germany, Russia, China and Iran itself. Trump has threatened to keep his signing pen in his pocket.