Апреля 23 2018

Head of US Central Command signals support for Iran nuclear deal

Апреля 23 2018, 09:03 | Alonzo Simpson

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The Iranian diplomatic team visiting Vienna for regular talks on the implementation of the nuclear deal (JCPOA) has said diplomats from Iran and the US were likely to hold mutual talks on Friday on the global nuclear agreement, an source close to the Iranian diplomatic team said on Friday. "Look at the Iran deal".

The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers, which former President Barack Obama touted as a diplomatic breakthrough, imposed elaborate restrictions on Iran's nuclear program while lifting an array of USA and global sanctions that had damaged the country's economy.

Trump appears increasingly likely to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and other world powers despite pressure from Europe.

Trump will again have a chance to take the US out of the deal in May, which he says he will do if significant changes aren't made.

Trump's decision this week to replace Tillerson with Mike Pompeo as secretary of state has been widely seen as another bad omen for the agreement.

Trump does not like the deal's limited duration, among other things. The European countries all continue to express support for the nuclear deal while also showing willingness to try to address Trump's concerns.

Trump has said he wants all three strengthened if the United States is to stay in the deal.

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If Trump opts to reimpose USA sanctions on Iran after May 12, European Union officials have warned that Brussels might try to block the American measures and protect European companies investing in the Iranian market. Remaining US sanctions are already a major deterrent to investors, and reapplying sanctions that were lifted as part of the nuclear deal would only amplify concerns for investors about the risks of doing business in Iran.

Trump vowed in January that he would withdraw the USA from the deal unless those flaws were fixed.

"Everywhere we go in the Middle East it's Iran, Iran, Iran".

Iran last month left no doubt about what it would do if Trump undercuts the deal. Nevertheless, unless there is a recovery in the country's economic and investment prospects, Iran's commitment to the deal could gradually erode following a United States withdrawal, resulting in its eventual collapse.

Colin Rubenstein, executive director of the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, wrote on The Sydney Morning Herald: "It is in Australia's core national interests to review our stance to ensure we are constructive and proactive in tackling the extremely serious Iranian problem".

In Washington, Democrats in Congress and retired diplomats voiced concern that the collapse of the Iran deal could undermine high-stakes talks planned for May between Trump and North Korea's dictator, Kim Jong Un, by calling into question if Washington would stand by its worldwide commitments.

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