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Overwhelming resistance to Trump’s plan to scuttle the Iran deal

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2017

I don’t think Trump is about to scupper the Iran deal: the resistance to doing so is indeed “overwhelming”. Were he to do he would isolate the USA completely and cripple US diplomacy. The immediate consequence would be to rule out a diplomatic solution the the Korea crisis.  That would explain why, in what is now a familiar pattern, the military have been to the fore in appealing for reason. Thus

“on Wednesday afternoon, the Commander of U.S. Strategic Command, General John Hyten, in a speech at the Hudson Institute, said, “The facts are that Iran is operating under the agreement that we signed up for under JCPOA… We have an agreement that our nation has signed and I believe that if the United States of America signs an agreement, it’s our job to live up to the terms of that agreement, it’s our job to enforce that.” “

Cato Institute

21st September, 2017

This has not been a good week for President Trump’s Iran policy. As the president has indicated, he plans in mid-October to decertify Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), negotiated and signed in 2015, which rolled back Iran’s nuclear program, placed severe restrictions on it for the foreseeable future, and imposed the world’s most intrusive inspections regime on what remained.

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Give diplomacy with Iran a chance

Posted by seumasach on February 13, 2014


13th February, 2014

Over 100 members of the US Congress have sent a letter to President Barack Obama, expressing support for a diplomatic resolution of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program.

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US, Iran keep walking on bumpy road

Posted by seumasach on December 16, 2013


Indian Punchline

15th December, 2013

Take a deep breath and stand back and recall what  Lysander told us in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream – the course of true love never did run smooth. True, momentarily it seemed that the nascent, highly fragile P5+1 and Iran interim pact on the nuclear issue met with a blight and a conspicuous wilting of the expert-level negotiations at Vienna becomes inevitable in the downstream of the the US’ unilateral decision to impose sanctions on select firms which traded with Iran that were acts violative of Washington’s sanctions regime.

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Obama defends diplomacy with Iran

Posted by seumasach on December 8, 2013

“The president criticized Netanyahu for believing that the constant mounting of pressure will ultimately lead the Iranians to halt their nuclear energy program, including enrichment-related activities.”


8th December, 2013

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US President Barack Obama defends nuclear diplomacy with Iran, saying talks can achieve greater peace for Israel and the United States than could military action.

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Iran deal safe from US attacks, for now

Posted by seumasach on December 5, 2013


Jim Lobe

Asia Times

5th December, 2013

WASHINGTON – Ten days after the signing in Geneva of a groundbreaking deal on Iran’s nuclear program, the agreement appears safe from any serious attack by the strongly pro-Israel US Congress, at least for the balance of 2013.

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