Trump to Decide Up or Down on Iran Nuclear Deal Tuesday
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
A May 12 deadline approaches. Trump said he'll announce his decision on at 2:00 PM Tuesday - most likely nothing positive coming.
Senior Ayatollah Khamenei advisor Akbar Velayati warned if he abandons the JCPOA, "the Islamic Republic of Iran will undoubtedly take measures proportionate to conditions that they want to impose and will make (him) regret" pulling out of an international treaty agreed on by seven countries - supported by the world community.
Leaving the JCPOA would be further proof that Washington can't be trusted - agreeing to one thing, then doing another, a pattern repeating with disturbing regularity.
Trump didn't read the JCPOA. He knows nothing about what's in it, let alone understanding how many years of talks went into consummating it.
All he knows is what his Iranophobic advisors told him. Calling the JCPOA "the worst deal ever" made him sound buffoon-like, an ignoramous.
He'll likely exit the deal, followed by reimposing nuclear-related sanctions, effectively killing it.
Russia and China remain committed to supporting it. So do Britain, France and Germany. Last week, Angela Merkel said the deal should be broadened to include other issues, including its ballistic missile program and involvement in Syria.