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United States allies have sided with Iran, nuclear deal: Rouhani

21 October 2017, 12:38 | Simon Arnold

Iran nuclear deal: Khamenei denounces Trump's 'rants and whoppers'

12 2017 shows an Iranian laborer walking the platform of the oil facility in the Khark Island on the shore of the Gulf

Iran is not only violating the spirit of the no-nukes deal, it is violating its letter.

The nuclear deal places Iran under tough restraints, including inspections, round-the-clock surveillance and tracking every ounce of uranium produced, Kerry said. This reaffirmation has no sunset provision: it is supposed to be forever. The IAEA reiterated that Iran is fully in compliance with its obligations under the deal.

He wants to ensure that Iran continues to have access to the worldwide market for its crude oil as part of efforts to revive its stagnant economy. "But in Section T, I don't see any (such commitment)".

Amano, who had earlier met French President Emmanuel Macron, said that Tehran was also giving the IAEA full access to all the sites it needed to inspect. These measures have been taken in order to stop Iran from turning into a new North Korea.

But in spite of the fact that the IAEA has affirmed eight times - most recently in August - that Iran is meeting its obligations under the deal, Trump refused to certify Iran was in compliance and he decided the deal is not in the USA national security interests.

For its part, the IAEA has been complicit in allowing Tehran to circumvent the agreement and act as a law unto itself. If that were to happen, the United States would in effect be in violation of the terms. "That deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons", Netanyahu told Congress. Moreover, it has also been reported that Tehran has found new ways to conduct additional mechanical testing of centrifuges, in clear violation of the JCPOA.

"To ask the same thing (as the Americans) about why Iran is present in the region - well, deal with it".

He has threatened to terminate the Obama-era agreement altogether. This became evident in the joint British-German declaration that underlines that "they agreed on the need to continue the worldwide community's response to Iran's destabilizing activities in the region, and discuss ways to address concerns about Iran's ballistic missile program".

German security officials have accused the Iranian regime of pursuing its goal to build missiles armed with nuclear warheads, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported.

President Trump refused to recertify Iran's compliance with the JCPOA on October 13, saying, "since the signing of the nuclear agreement, the regime's risky aggression has only escalated".

Tehran's gamble on a single, cohesive European stance that will help it withstand US pressure failed within 48 hours, following a shift in Europe's position, which came a day after US President Donald Trump announced his country's new strategy in dealing with Iran.

London - Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would commit to its 2015 nuclear deal with global powers as long as the US Congress did not impose sanctions against his country.

"The US president displays stupidity, but this should not cause us to ignore America's mischief". Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, offered similar praise for the new US posture, saying in a statement that President Trump "has created an opportunity to fix this bad deal, to roll back Iran's aggression and to confront its criminal support of terrorism". When Israel and the Gulf States are on the same page, the world should listen.

Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School and author of "Trumped Up: How Criminalizing Politics is risky to Democracy".

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