March 20 2018

Iran is violating the nuclear deal. Top US general: no, it isn't.

March 20 2018, 11:36 | Doris Stokes

Zarif: Renegotiating Nuclear Deal Would Open Pandora's Box

US not committed to JCPOA terms

The video quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and an unnamed Russian official saying that US action is a violation of the spirit and letter of the JCPOA and Professor Daniel Joyner, author of Iran's Nuclear Program and International Law stating that the JCPOA does "not include a general exception for terrorism or anything else".

And according to CNN, a Trump administration official said us intelligence saw "no indication" that a missile test took place.

Iran's defiant "test" of its newest medium-range missile, reportedly capable of reaching nearly the entirety of the Middle East, was completely faked.

Last week, Netanyahu highlighted the alleged dangers of Tehran's nuclear programme during his speech at the United Nation's General Assembly, threatening Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who he termed "the dictator of Iran".

Meanwhile, Iran said it will quit the deal if sanctions are imposed and it will resume its military nuclear program and production of highly enriched uranium.

As you know, the president is required under USA legislation every 90 days to certify to Congress that the Iran nuclear deal is accomplishing certain goals that are set out in the legislation, and that it's also in line with American national security interests.

Fitzpatrick stressed it would be a good idea to extend the Iran nuclear deal to include ballistic missiles. There are nearly two weeks left before he has to inform the Congress whether Iran is committed to the agreement or not. Will the current USA administration be able to break the deal signed with Iran two years ago?

"What kind of signal would this send to countries like North Korea?". "How do we get an agreement with North Korea if we renege on our agreements?"

Later on Friday, Iranians staged anti-Trump protests to show their anger over the USA president's speech.

The figures were a sharp decrease from the period of 1997-2001, when more than 1,200 North Koreans acquired business or tourist visas each year, the VOA report said. Trump and others may dislike the JCPOA, but in the absence of a real alternative - and not the bluster of some imagined better deal - it is worth keeping.

"I call the president the two-minute man", one Trump confidant told the Washington Post back in August about the president's national security briefings with H.R. McMaster. In doing so, he validated North Korea's repeated assertion that it fears that the United States is out to "totally destroy North Korea", and therefore is justified to squander its scant resources to develop nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.

"So for the Europeans to tell America to remain in the JCPOA in exchange for convincing and bringing Iran to the table to negotiate about other topics?"

French Ambassador Gerard Araud noted that the other countries that signed the pact - Russia, China and Iran - had made clear that they do not support renegotiating. If Trump refuses to do that, then the Republican-controlled Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions waived under the deal. "And anybody who says we get the ideal deal with those kinds of partners is just dreaming".

Speaking during Friday's parade, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran is unfettered with strengthening its missile capabilities and military defenses.

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