On Wednesday as Iran declared that the country would back away from the 2015 nuclear deal, tensions began to tighten up in the region. President of the United States America, Donald Trump decided to put sanctions on the mining industry of Iran to force the defiant to turn away from this unsolicited behavior. These newly made sanctions could prove to be detrimental for Iran as it’s exporting of metals like iron, steel, aluminum, and copper account for 10% of the country’s total export and is also its second largest contributor to foreign revenue.
Tinkering around the edges of the current #IranDeal maintains the inherent flaws that renders it ineffective. Sunset provisions, lack of knowledge & access, rogue behavior – all unaddressed. We sacrificed our leverage for a deal that doesn't work; we need to re-esablish it. pic.twitter.com/KEjy00Zpp9
— Matthew RJ Brodsky (@RJBrodsky) May 11, 2019
On one hand, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced the threat was made to secure a much more fruitful deal from the US that can ensure that the ambitious forecast made in 2015 about the economic boost that would result from the deal and can finally turn into reality.
“We felt that the (deal) needed surgery and that the year-long sedatives have not delivered any result. The surgery is meant to save the deal not destroy it,” Mr. Rouhani said in a cabinet meeting.
This seemingly polite statement of the Iranian President is thoroughly undermined by the country’s actions as reports are coming out that Iran has started enriching uranium to completely weaponize it in the coming months. The country’s Supreme National Security Council already stated that it can now begin to stock its resources of uranium and heavy water without having to worry about the mutually agreed restrictions of the deal.
.@TomFitton discusses John Kerry’s Iran deal: “John Kerry was trying to resurrect this corrupt Iran deal where Obama gave away the store to the Iranians in exchange for unverifiable promises to ratchet down their nuclear program.”https://t.co/9vgjRH4xVe pic.twitter.com/eLjXy0RGAa
— Judicial Watch ? (@JudicialWatch) May 4, 2019
Uranium as a source of fossil fuel for the nuclear reactor and heavy water is used to produce plutonium, which in turn is used to produce warheads, are the things that Iran claims to accomplish if their demands are not met. However, Iran’s threats are all talk and no action according to most analysts, as these are just a sorry attempt to gain something out of the deal that according to them have not been honored by the other party.
President Trump, on the other hand, has adopted a calm tone to this and is looking to give Iran every opportunity to bring to a table and have a talk, the chances of which are slim owing to the well-known Iranian hate towards the US.
“I look forward to someday meeting with the leaders of Iran in order to work out an agreement and, very importantly, taking steps to give Iran the future it deserves,” Trump said.
The Iran Deal was fatally flawed for what was in it & fatally flawed for what wasn’t in it. Sunset clauses, pallets of cash as ransom, negotiating away the leverage to deal w a ton of other issues, problems w the verification, etc. No deal would’ve been better than this “deal”.
— Lee Zeldin (@RepLeeZeldin) May 8, 2019
Speaking to the supporters he added, “We aren’t looking to hurt anybody. We just don’t want them to have nuclear weapons. That’s all we want.”
“Tehran can expect further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct,” he added.
President Trump has handled the situation exceedingly well and has been very considerate in his actions. Even as the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo alarmed the country of the possibility of escalation between the two countries and took Iran heavy-handedly, Trump toned down the environment and invited Iran to the table.
— WeThePeople (@WeThePeoplereal) May 10, 2019
Mr. Pompeo said, “Iran’s threat to renew nuclear work that could shorten the time to develop a nuclear weapon underscores the continuing challenge the Iranian regime poses to peace and security worldwide.”
Tim Morrison, the National Security Council’s arms control director, said at a conference organized by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, “Iran has a choice. At some point, even the mullahs will get it.”
Meanwhile, the European parties involved in the deal, Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia have all expressed their concerns regarding Iran’s actions and have urged the country to adhere to the obligations of the deal and avoid escalation.
The German foreign minister Heiko Mass said, “We want Iran to remain in the agreement and are ready to continue this path, together with the other partners. For this, it is important that Iran continues to uphold the established formats and mechanisms of the nuclear agreement.”
A French foreign ministry spokesperson stated, “It is important to avoid any action that would prevent the enactment of the obligations by parties currently upholding the agreement or that might fuel an escalation.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said, “We as Europeans, as Germans, will play our part and we expect full implementation from Iran as well.”
Dalia Dassa Kaye, the director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at RAND Corporation, a research group in Santa Monica, Calif also expressed concerns due to the actions of Iran as: “It’s pretty much brought all costs and no benefits in terms of U.S. interests. We not only disrupted an international arms agreement that Iran was complying with, but we’re also getting into a rift with our European allies. And we’re moving Iran closer to Russia. It was not perfect, but it contained the nuclear issue for a while,” she added. “Now we’re threatening our ability to contain the nuclear issue.”
One year after withdrawing from the Iran deal, President Trump is imposing additional sanctions on Iran's top exports because the regime has maintained its nuclear ambitions and continues to support terrorism.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) May 9, 2019
With the latest sanctions being put on Tehran, it is President Trump who seems more flexible of the two parties. The four years of hard work and results have been put into a threat by the sheer negligence of the ruling elite of Iran, one that might be detrimental for the whole region. The only solution is through talks, which President Trump has insisted on time and time again, one which even his haters cannot deny. For the benefit of the people of Iran and the region, one can only hope the ruling class can finally make the logical choice instead of putting its economy and its very existence into jeopardy.