EU seeks to preserve Iran deal without Washington: US former diplomat
Tehran, Trump's nomination of Pompeo as Secretary of State and choice of Bolton as National Security Advisor do not signal his decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, said a former US politician
Trump's nomination of Pompeo as Secretary of State and choice of Bolton as National Security Advisor shows his preference for hard charging and hard line officials. These decisions do not signal his decision to withdraw from the JCPOA. He made explicit his personal dislike of that accord during his election campaign and often repeated that position since he came into office,' said Richard Murphy, US former diplomat, talking to the Tehran-based Persia Digest news website.
Saying that EU has some reasons for trying to keep the JCPOA, among which are economic benefits, and the prolonged and intensive negotiations with Iran, Murphy said, 'It is difficult to predict the EU response if Trump withdraws from the JCPOA. On balance, I believe that they will seek to preserve the accord without US participation including exploring ways to improve its terms and duration.'
Regarding Iran's reaction to the probable withdrawal from the JCPOA, he said, 'As an initial step Iran will likely abandon seeking commercial deals with the US.'
'The Middle East will likely see continuing proxy wars and not a direct confrontation between the US and Iran. As it has in the past, the US will do its best to restrain Israel from initiating a conflict with Iran,' he added.
Richard Murphy retired after a 34-year career in the US Foreign Service. He was posted to Salisbury, in the former Southern Rhodesia; Beirut, Lebanon; Aleppo, Syria; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Amman, Jordan.
Donald Trump will have to decide the fate of the 2015 Iran's landmark nuclear deal, officially known as the JCPOA, with the G5+1, on 12 May.
The Washington Post wrote that Trump will exit from the deal. But, The Economist writes that staying in the deal is also a possibility.
The EU signatories to the deal have increasingly tried to keep and implement the JCPOA. Emanuel Macron and Angela Merkel separately visited Washington and tried to convince President Donald Trump to keep the deal.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA