Measures vis-A�-vis Washington’s anti-JCPOA approach
Tehran, April 23, IRNA European signatory countries to the Iran nuclear deal are still making efforts to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) because they believe the internationally-recognized accord benefits regional security.
Besides, the agreement has provided a good opportunity for Europe to take advantage of Iran's lucrative markets.
The UK, France and Germany are trying to convince US President Donald Trump not to quit the JCPOA.
If Trump decides to quit the JCPOA by the May 12 deadline for Congress and the three European nations to fix the deal's disastrous flaws, Europe will have to choose whether it wants to conduct trade with Iran or the US.
Hence, the trio is exploring ways to convince Trump to stay in the deal. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emanuel Macron will discuss the fate of the JCPOA with Trump during their trips to the US.
Meanwhile, John Bolton, the new national security adviser to Trump, who remains vocal about his opposition to the JCPOA, has said that his boss will leave the accord. But his remarks look like media hype. Likewise, the stance of the US Department of State towards the agreement is not clear since Rex Tillerson was ousted last month.
As Iranian officials have said, the US will incur heavy losses if it leaves the nuclear deal. As a result, it seems that Trump will not quit it. However, even if Trump issues new waivers on Iran sanctions, his provocative policies will continue to adversely impact the implementation of the JCPOA.
European nations should devise ways to remove the anti-Iran atmosphere provoked by the US. Iran can also boost ties with Russia and China to exert pressure on Europe to push the White House to stick to its obligations under the nuclear agreement.
Iran should also highlight reports released by the IAEA which indicate that Tehran has fulfilled its commitments under the deal and turn the spotlight on Washington's obstructionism.
*Hassan Beheshtipour is an analyst of international relations.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA