Tag Archives: Iran

The decertification of Iran speech: Refuting Trump

Source: Antiwar.com
by Ted Snider

“Iran’s hardliners were right. They recited a long history of agreements in which Iranian compliance was repaid with American betrayal. Like a Persian chorus of Cassandras, they called their warnings into the wind, and the world called them crazy. Well, the mad mullahs were right. Despite the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) declaring each time it has reported — most recently in August 2017 — that Iran is in total compliance with its agreements in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Donald Trump has now carried through on his threat to decertify Iran. And the United Nations body is not alone. Trump’s own military and intelligence community has clearly told him the same thing.” (10/18/17)


Abandoning the Iran deal is just one example of irrational US diplomacy

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“The hostility to the JCPOA is merely the latest manifestation of an unhealthylack of prudence and realism in U.S. foreign policy on so many issues. Washington’s approach is characterized too often by impossible objectives, boorish, ham-handed diplomacy, and an unwillingness to make even the most imperative concessions to achieve success. The reality is that the JCPOA was probably the best deal that the United States and the other signatories could hope to get from any Iranian government. Indeed, it is surprising that Tehran was willing to accept even those restrictions. And despite allegations from opponents that Iran is violating the terms of the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency continues to certify that Tehran is in compliance.” (10/11/17)


Ten reasons the US should stick with the Iran nuclear deal

Source: OpEdNews
by Medea Benjamin

“President Trump is expected to announce this week that he will not recertify that Iran is complying with the 2015 nuclear deal. He will argue, falsely, that the agreement is no longer in the national interest of the United States. The president’s announcement will not end the deal but will pass the buck to Congress. In the next 60 days, Congress could impose new sanctions that would scuttle the deal or it could pass new legislation addressing issues that were never part of the original mandate, which would also effectively kill the agreement. Enough public pressure could keep the agreement intact. Here are 10 good reasons why the US should uphold the deal.” (10/11/17)


Iran: Revolutionary Guard Corps commander reminds Trump that sanctions can run in both directions

Source: Siasat Daily [India]

“Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has warned the United States against blacklisting their force, saying that Tehran would treat US troops like Daesh terrorists. Chief Commander of the IRGC Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari’s warning came after the White House said on Friday that US President Donald Trump is expected to announce new measures against Iran, including the prospect of additional targeted sanctions, support for terrorism, cyber operations and the designation of the IRGC as a ‘terrorist organization.’ ‘If America’s new law for sanctions is enforced, this country will have to move its regional bases outside the 2,000 km radius of the Iranian missiles’ range,’ Press TV quoted Jafari as saying.” (10/08/17)


Trump plans to “decertify” Iran nuclear deal next week

Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump plans to ‘decertify’ the Iran nuclear deal next week, declaring the Obama-era pact not in US interests and launching a congressional review period on the accord, according to two senior US officials. Trump is tentatively scheduled to unveil his plan during remarks a week from Thursday, though one official cautioned the timing could shift. Trump said Thursday that Iran has not ‘lived up’ to the spirit of the deal. Speaking ahead of a dinner with military officers, Trump said it was imperative Iran not obtain nuclear weapons.” [editor’s note: There was little if any reason to believe Iran’s regime was trying to obtain nuclear weapons BEFORE the deal, or that it has not held up its end of the deal. Trump’s tantrum is about playing to his jingoist base, not about anything actually going on in Iran – TLK] (10/05/17)


Iranian, Iraqi regime forces hold joint drill near newly emerging Kurdistan

Source: US News & World Report

“Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency is reporting that Iranian and Iraqi armed forces have held a joint military drill near the international borders of Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. … Iran has already closed its borders and stopped flights to Iraqi Kurdistan airports following a referendum on support for independence from Iraq on Monday.” (10/02/17)


Iran: Regime conducts new ballistic missile test despite [sic] Trump pressure

Source: The Hill

“Iran announced Saturday that the country has conducted a successful test of a new ballistic missile design despite [sic] pressure from the Trump administration to stop, and vowed to continue its weapons development. The new missile design has a range of 1,200 miles, according to a Reuters report. State broadcaster IRIB quoted an Iranian commander who stated that the country would not seek ‘permission’ for future weapons tests.” [editor’s note: There’s no “despite” about it. Any “sovereign nation” will generally not just reject, but flagrantly act in contradiction to, demands from a perceived enemy. “Pressure from the Trump administration” of this type, be it versus Iran, North Korea, or any other state, will almost inevitably get exactly the opposite of the allegedly desired result – TLK] (09/23/17)


Conservatives should want to preserve the Iran nuclear deal

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

“Following the Obama administration’s signing of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which significantly rolled back Iran’s nuclear program and imposed rigorous limitations on it for the foreseeable future, Congress passed legislation requiring the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is complying with its obligations under the agreement. President Trump has done this twice so far. But he has given strong indications that he will refuse to do it a third time. With the next 90-day deadline approaching on October 15, the survival of the Iran deal hangs in the balance. The problem with Trump’s stated intention to refuse to certify Iranian compliance is that Iran is, in fact, fully complying.” (09/15/17)


US regime extends some Iran sanctions relief under nuclear deal

Source: Reuters

“The United States on Thursday extended some sanctions relief for Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal but said it has yet to decide whether to preserve the deal itself, the State Department said. President Donald Trump, who must make a decision by mid-October that could undermine the agreement, said Iran is violating ‘the spirit’ of the 2015 deal under which Iran got sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program. In a sign of Trump’s desire to put pressure on Iran, which denies violating the deal, the U.S. Treasury announced new cyber-related and other sanctions on seven Iranian individuals, two Iranian entities and two Ukraine-based entities.” (09/14/17)


Trump regime denies Iranian Navy’s report of confrontation with American vessel

Source: Business Standard [India]

“The U.S. Navy denied any direct contact with Iranian forces, hours after the Tasnim News agency reported that an Iranian missile boat sent a warning signal to an American Navy ship that closed on a fishing boat in the Persian Gulf.” (09/10/17)