US aggressiveness towards Iran exceeds all forecasts
It hasn't even been 10 days since Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, reached by six international mediators in 2015, and resumption of all sanctions against Iran and sanctions against other countries that do business with Iran, but results of this decision can already be seen. France's Total announced that it will withdraw from the South Pars project in Iran, the European Union announced its intention to switch to payments in euro for oil supplies from the Islamic Republic, chairman of the European Council Donald Tusk hinted at possible scenarios when the EU will have to act independently.
Commenting on new sanctions against Tehran, director of the Institute for Foreign Policy Studies and Initiatives Veronica Krasheninnikova noted: "Actions against Iran were extremely predictable, unfortunately. But their aggressiveness exceeds even some of our forecasts. The Trump administration not only returns previous economic sanctions, but also imposes new sanctions. When Donald Trump says that he's willing to make efforts to sign a "better and fair" deal with Iran, in reality it doesn't mean anything. One of Trump's requirements is to give the US access to military bases in Iran. He's basically demanding capitulation. Of course, nothing like this will ever happen and the Trump administration won't have any constructive proposals."
According to her, decision of the most aggressive core of the Trump administration creates and deepens split in American establishment: "The US Secretary of Defense, General Mattis, nicknamed the Mad Dog, who was dismissed by President Obama in 2013 for aggressive initiatives against Iran, became a moderate member of the Trump administration. At one point we thought that the level of aggression in the Obama administration was extremely high, and before that the level of aggression of the Bush administration was considered to be high. Few people could imagine that aggression will reach this point, but it happened."
She recalled that Europe, Russia and China voiced their support of the nuclear deal: "We will closely monitor whether Europe has strength and courage to stand its ground. Look at the current situation in the world: Europe, Russia, Iran and China on the one hand, the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia on the other. No one thought that the world would split like this: On Monday, the US Embassy in Israel was moved to Jerusalem. Predictably another round of Israeli aggression against Palestinian population began, 60 people were killed. All of this helps Europeans to make the right decision, despite tragedy of the situation. Actually, tragedy of this situation between Israel and Palestine makes it easier for Europe to make the right choice."