Trump’s bid to repeal Iran deal not getting any support: Ex-CIA officer

Press TV – US President Donald Trump’s push to dismantle the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is not getting any support from other countries, says former CIA officer Philip Giraldi.

Trump announced on May 8 that he would abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers – the US, the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany.

The move did not go down well with the other signatories, who have made it clear that they would stay in.

In an article for The Sunday Telegraph, US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson urged the UK to drop out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and follow the lead of President Donald Trump who left the “flawed” agreement in May.

Giraldi said no matter what they do, Trump and his team stand little chance to fully repeal the landmark agreement.

“I think this is just a symptom of the fact that the United States is getting no support from the rest of the world in terms of repealing this agreement,” he told Press TV on Sunday.

“This is with the understanding that the agreement is working and that Iran is fully in compliance that putting pressure on the Iranian people through sanctions and other steps will only support the Iranian government and  make it more able to resist any approach to change the agreements,” Giraldi added.

Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to limit parts of its peaceful nuclear program in exchange for the removal of all nuclear-related sanctions.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and all the remaining signatories of the deal have time and again confirmed Iran’s compliance.

On Monday, however, Trump ordered all nuclear-related sanctions that were removed under the deal to be reinstated immediately.

Johnson wrote in his article that British businesses should cut all trade ties with Iran and help the US form a “united front.”

Giraldi said Britain should stay in the deal and keep supporting the deal despite Washington’s pressure.

“So the whole thing is a bad idea and I think Britain, if it has any sense, won’t go along with it,” he concluded.