25 former Foreign Ministers urge US Congress to uphold Iran nuclear deal

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In spite of Europe's apparent leaning towards Tehran, President Trump has continued to put pressure on all parties. 13 speech announcing the policy was nothing short of war mongering and marks the elimination of any prospects for successful US-Iran diplomacy.

The abolition of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, by the USA will inevitably lead to America losing its reputation and eventually the fall of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, Vladimir Sazhin, a researcher at the Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Sputnik Persian.

"It is not a bilateral agreement, it does not belong to any single country and it is not up to any single country to terminate it", Mogherini said. Furthermore, while he stopped short of designating the IRGC as a terrorist group, he imposed new sanctions on the organization.

The room for Iran's maneuvers is narrowing while United States terms and conditions are expanding, while Europe's prospects for bringing about a settlement appear hard, given the shift towards a direct confrontation in the conflict between Washington and Tehran for the first time since the establishment of the theocratic system. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, offered similar praise for the new US posture, saying in a statement that President Trump "has created an opportunity to fix this bad deal, to roll back Iran's aggression and to confront its criminal support of terrorism".

She told the Security Council that Iran "has repeatedly thumbed its nose" at council resolutions aimed at addressing Iranian support for terrorism and regional conflicts and has illegally supplied weapons to Yemen and Hezbollah militants in Syria and Lebanon.


Trump's speech was notable given that it was light on actual strategy.

Such action may result in the emergence of a nuclear-armed Iran in the absence of a consensus among global community to impose previous sanctions on the country. Consequently, such rhetoric reinforces to the Iranian people the disingenuousness of Trump's references to their "proud history ... culture ..." These measures have been taken in order to stop Iran from turning into a new North Korea.

The American leader called for the deal to be amended to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons or intercontinental ballistic missiles.

He called on Europe to actively oppose Mr Trump's position. Thus, it appears that the United States is experiencing unprecedented worldwide isolation on Iran.

The situation could also quickly deteriorate given the Trump administration's increasingly frequent declarations of regime change as an overarching foreign policy objective.


Former Secretary of State John Kerry, who spearheaded USA diplomacy with Iran, called Trump's decision "a reckless abandonment of facts in favor of ego and ideology from a president who would rather play a high-stakes game of chicken with Congress and with Iran than admit that the nuclear agreement is working".

"The US president displays stupidity, but this should not cause us to ignore America's mischief". Such attempts by Trump to create cleavages between the Iranian public and government, or even within the government in Tehran, are futile - and fatal to any endeavor to negotiate with Tehran on any issue.

US President Donald Trump and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speak during a meeting on United Nations reform at the UN headquarters in New York, September 18, 2017.

Moreover, with his vociferous attacks on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the IRGC, Trump has ruled out any possibility for negotiations with Tehran and put the two countries on a risky trajectory toward war.

"Russia, China and the European Union also indicated that the JCPOA does not need additions and improvements", Sazhin said, "It is noteworthy that Britain, Germany and France emphasize the nuclear non-proliferation aspect of the deal saying that it fulfills its task".


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