Does Trump threaten Iran's nuclear deal?

Does Trump threaten Iran's nuclear deal?

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif suggested the US to reconsider its policy towards the landmark nuclear deal.

According to him, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) proved that followers of the policy of pressure have finally realized its inefficiency. "Therefore, the US should also reconsider its approach towards the agreement," Zarif said upon his arrival at the airport in New York.

Zarif travelled to US to partake in the United Nations' High-Level Political Forum 2017.

"Those who pressurized Iran saw that the measures would not result in what they sought, and finally found out that the agreement is the best achievement they could ever reach," IRNA cited Zarif as saying.

The US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the US administration has not completed the review of the JCPOA. "The review is still underway, and then we have a timeline coming up pretty quickly in which a report will – will have to be looked at," she noted.

Reuters earlier reported with reference to a senior U.S. official said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump is "very likely" to state that Iran is adhering to its nuclear agreement although he continues to have reservations about it

Under U.S. law, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days of Iran's compliance with the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Trump has a congressionally mandated deadline of Monday to decide.

A senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Middle East of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Candidate of Historical Sciences Elena Dunayeva, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza, noted that Anti-Iranian rhetoric, which is now being heated in the US, does not threaten a nuclear deal with Iran in any way. "No one in the US has taken any steps to withdraw from this treaty, moreover, the JCPOA is an agreement that was signed not only by the US and Iran, but also by Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany. So the conversations will be held only at the level of rhetoric," she expects.

According to the expert, the campaign against the nuclear deal with Iran is designed more for domestic American consumption.

The upsurge of this topic is most likely related to work on a new package of sanctions against Iran. "A few days ago, the Senate voted to introduce additional sanctions against both Russia and Iran. Apparently, during this debate on the imposition of new restrictions, some authorities have raised the issue that the US should withdraw from this treaty," the senior fellow at the Center for the Study of the Middle East of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences believes.

Moreover, Elena Dunaeva drew attention to the fact that the United States has not yet formed a holistic policy towards Iran.

"Everyone understands that tension can no longer deepen in this region. One more step - and there will be military actions. That is, Trump's current uncertain policy has led to a lot of confusion and destabilization in the Middle East region. There is struggle against terrorist groups in the region, and it is not in the interests of the US to start another military conflict against Iran, because its neighbors, including the Arab states, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt, will be plunged into it," Elena Dunaeva concluded.


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