Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation - Kerry

Laura Christensen
October 21, 2017

"Or if they ask, 'Why does Iran have missiles?' then our response is, 'Why do they have missiles and nuclear weapons?'"

It is impossible for Tehran to agree to the United States demands to grant the inspection teams of the IAEA freedom of movement on its territory and will not hesitate to take hard decisions in defense of its national sovereignty and shall obstruct Washington, which wishes a repeat of its Iraqi experience following Saddam's 1991 defeat. Tough, principled and American-led diplomacy has successfully prevented an Iranian nuclear weapon - and as a veteran, I value keeping our men and women in uniform out of an unnecessary war.

Last Friday the Trump administration signaled that it will not certify the JCPOA.

The Trump administration's policy toward Iran may drag the Middle East into yet another military conflict and, what is more unsafe, deal a heavy blow to the nuclear non-proliferation regime, Russian researcher Vladimir Sazhin of the Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Sputnik.

"Russia, China and the European Union also indicated that the JCPOA does not need additions and improvements", Sazhin said, "It is noteworthy that Britain, Germany and France emphasize the nuclear non-proliferation aspect of the deal saying that it fulfills its task". But on October 13, to the consternation of his secretary of state, secretary of defense, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he refused to certify Iran's compliance with the deal. Consider that after the deal was negotiated with the five permanent U.N. Security Council members, it was revealed that Tehran and the IAEA had entered into a secret agreement which allowed the Iranian regime to carry out its own nuclear trace testing at the Parchin complex, a site long suspected of being a nuclear testing ground, and would report back to the IAEA with "selective" videos and photos.

The EU leaders called the 2015 deal a pillar of efforts to reduce the global nuclear threat.

European Union leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to a landmark deal to limit Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, despite opposition from U.S. President Donald Trump.

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On Friday, Trump is scheduled to meet with United Nations head Antonio Guterres at the White House, where the Iran deal is expected to be on the agenda. In his speech announcing his refusal to recertify Iran's compliance with the deal, Trump stated that Iran "remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, and provides assistance to al Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas, and other terrorist networks".

Trump's refusal to recertify Iran's compliance with the JCPOA came one day after the USA announced it would withdraw from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). As such, it is clear that rather than combating Iran's threatening posture, the influx of money thrust into the Iranian economy, coupled with ambiguities in the text of the agreement, have had the reverse effect of emboldening the Iranian regime and fortifying its hegemonic ambitions. The United States is returning to its original mission of prevention.

UNESCO incurred the wrath of Israel and the United States in July when it declared the core of Hebron, a city in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, an endangered Palestinian World Heritage site.

In order to enact Trump's requested legislation, GOP senators would have to muster 60 votes, including eight Democrats, which is unlikely.

Iran says it has the right to nuclear energy and insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.

However, he threatened to "shred" the agreement if the United States pulled out, state TV reported.

Iran's compliance with the JCPOA has made the world a safer place.

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