Iran Won't Respond to US 'Bullying' Over Nuclear Deal

Reinvigorated by the Donald Trump administration, there is now a full-scale campaign underway in Washington to kill the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and convince the public that it is Iran - not the USA - who is violating the accord.

On Thursday, the Trump administration announced it would extend a waiver on nuclear sanctions against Iran, but also imposed new sanctions unrelated to the 2015 nuclear deal.

But the president's declaration of Iranian non-compliance, absent persuasive evidence, is likely to have a serious impact on how the rest of the world views the USA ability to enter global agreements from now on. Remaining committed to the deal offers the US the best opportunity to de-escalate tensions between the two countries.

While Zarif and former Secretary of State John Kerry's encounters during the 2013-15 nuclear negotiations became so frequent that they ceased to make headlines, US-Iran ministerial-level meetings have effectively become a reconstituted taboo over the course of 2017.

Khamenei's comments are apparently a response to remarks by the US President Donald Trump earlier this week. The fact that the world must continually wait with baited breath to find out whether Trump will decide to meet even the simplest requirements of the JCPOA has severely undermined confidence in the United States' willingness to honor its commitments.

The agreement was signed between China's CITIC Group Corporation and a consortium of Iranian banks that included Bank of Industry and Mine, Refah Bank, Parsian Bank, Bank Pasargad and Export Development Bank of Iran.

The research underway in Iran's military facilities, Shamkhani said, concerns conventional weaponry and will continue with all force within the framework of promoting the country's deterrence power.

After the president grudgingly recertified the agreement in July, he commissioned a team whose sole goal consisted of unearthing Iranian violations so that Trump could justify reversing himself the deal in October - even though doing so would not, in and of itself, kill the deal.

President Emmanuel Macron said this month that while he's concerned about Iran's post-2025 status, "the 2015 agreement is what enables us to establish a constructive and demanding dialogue with Iran".

Trump is obligated to reassure Congress that Iran is complying with the document every 90 days. If he hadn't, the United States would have been in breach of its promises.

He added: "Just like the time Iranians residing overseas took part in the 19 May elections, they should engage in interaction with universities, scientific and technological parks and economic sectors, as well as trade and investment".

Leaving the deal would only place the a disadvantage, diplomatically and economically.

The relationship between Iran and the USA appears to be evolving within a framework of political posturing and an worldwide governance system that the two can manoeuvre inside of.

  • Jon Douglas