Trump Expected to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
A previous article suggested decertification is coming before the October 15 recertification deadline.
If he acts as expected, it'll automatically trigger a 60-day window for Congress to decide whether to reimpose harsh sanctions on Iran - an effort by Republicans to try undermining the deal altogether if this action is taken.
Last month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said "no one will trust America" again if Trump rescinds or otherwise sabotages the agreement.
In Rome for the International Cooperation for Enhancing Nuclear Safety, Security, Safeguards and Non-Proliferation conference next week, Iran's Atomic Energy Organization head Ali Akbar Salehi said "(w)e have emphasized repeatedly that the JCPOA (nuclear deal) is not renegotiable."
"If the US leaves the JCPOA, and other countries follow suit, the JCPOA will definitely fall apart, but if only the US walks away, our monitoring committee on the JCPOA should make a decision in this regard."
Reports by US media indicate Trump intends decertifying the deal against the advice of his top foreign policy and national security advisors.
On October 12, he's tentatively scheduled to deliver a national address on the issue, announcing his decision.
With the IAEA repeatedly affirming Iran's full compliance with its obligations, he's got a tough sell. Undemocratic Dems oppose decertification, perhaps enough Republicans not wanting tough new sanctions reimposed on Iran, what other P5+1 countries oppose, along with not wanting the deal undermined.
Israel supports decertification. So does AIPAC, calling the JCPOA "fatally flawed…leaving Iran with no legal bar to constructing an industrial-scale nuclear program (post-2021) and becoming a nuclear weapons threshold state - able to break out rapidly to a bomb at a time of its choosing."
The argument is phony. Iran deplores nuclear weapons, wants the region free from them, Israel the only Middle East state with a WMD arsenal, posing an enormous global threat.
Iran poses none. It doesn't support terrorism as falsely claimed. It combats it effectively. It's not a human rights abuser like America and Israel, the world's leading rogue states.
It hasn't attacked another country in centuries. America does it repeatedly. Israel is at war with Palestinians, holding them hostage under occupation harshness, besieged Gazans harmed most of all.
Israel threatens neighboring countries, attacked Syrian scores of times during the ongoing war and earlier.
On Thursday, Trump lied claiming Iran "supports terrorism and exports violence, bloodshed and chaos across the Middle East."
"That is why we must put an end to Iran's continued aggression and nuclear ambitions. They have not lived up to the spirit of their agreement."
His disturbing hostility toward Iran makes it vulnerable to attack. Longstanding US plans call for regime change, wars and color revolutions its favored strategies.
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