Don't dump the Iran nuclear deal — LOS ANGELES TIMES

Don't dump the Iran nuclear deal — LOS ANGELES TIMES

And Iran's own nuclear history suggests the country's leaders have always been cautious in the face of credible American threats, which is one reason they shelved much of their nuclear program in 2003 after the USA invaded Iraq.

Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believe they fueled the argument for a U.S. withdrawal this week after Israel unveiled a cache of Iran's nuclear-weapons files, obtained in a Mossad raid in Tehran earlier this year. The West even actively prevented us from buying rudimentary means of defense even as Saddam Hussein showered both Iranian civilians and soldiers with chemical weapons. "Iran accepts the nuclear agreement as it has been prepared and will not accept adding or removing anything", he said.

Several sources familiar with the negotiations said that if Trump pulls out, a question for the Europeans will be whether this would be the start of a much harder US line toward Iran, including military confrontation. Mr Trump could present the International Atomic Energy Agency and others with "credible and accurate information" involving an "uncured material breach" by Iran and effectively sink the whole deal.

European allies France, the United Kingdom and Germany meanwhile have agreed that pursuing the current nuclear deal with Iran is the best way to stop it developing nuclear weapons. On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed what he said were pages of material that proved Iran had covertly pursued nuclear weapons. This is not to say that Israel's assertions are themselves a red herring, but the timing of Netanyahu's announcement muddies the waters, but changes little in reality.

Zarif also criticized European nations.

Trump warns Americans their rights to own guns are 'under siege'
Just a few days later, though, he met with the NRA's top lobbyist, Chris Cox, and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. For Robbie Malone, a Dallas-based attorney, Trump's presidency signals a new era of respect for gun owners.

When asked how he felt about the Trump administration's upcoming Iran deadline, Rainer replied: "I'm like all the others - just sit and wait for what is coming". They also insist Iran has complied with the terms of the agreement since it came into force in January 2016. Tehran is, according to the latest reports, still adhering to its end of the bargain. On January 13 and April 13, he withheld such certification, an act that allows Congress to use expedited procedures to quickly reimpose sanctions (which would be a material breach of USA commitments under the deal).

The current deal expires in 2030, twelve years from now. "They're marching in the streets saying, 'Death to America'".

If he lets any of these waivers expire, key USA sanctions will automatically "snap back" into effect, putting Washington in material breach of the agreement with Tehran. Would Tehran be interested in an agreement that does not have Washington's backing? But they have also started work on protecting EU-Iranian business ties if the USA president makes good on a threat to withdraw. Such an arms race in the Middle East would create a self-fulfilling prophecy of crisis and instability in a region which has long since become synonymous with violence. "Even if countries allied with the United States, especially the Europeans, seek to revise the nuclear agreement... one of our options will be withdrawing from the accord", Velayati added. The deal gave Iran the best of all worlds. But Tehran did not "take the steps agreed".

"I told Putin that hes welcome, too, to see the material". A new agreement with Iran can be reached. However, some Western firms have grown increasingly reluctant to enter the market, in part over Trump's constant criticism on the campaign trail and from the White House on the deal.

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