Russia, Iran hold talks on Iranian nuclear deal

German security officials have accused the Iranian regime of pursuing its goal to build missiles armed with nuclear warheads, the Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel reported.

But in spite of the fact that the IAEA has affirmed eight times - most recently in August - that Iran is meeting its obligations under the deal, Trump refused to certify Iran was in compliance and he decided the deal is not in the United States national security interests. 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.

The situation could also quickly deteriorate given the Trump administration's increasingly frequent declarations of regime change as an overarching foreign policy objective.

After months of anticipation, Trump on Friday said his administration "cannot and will not" certify Iran's compliance with the JCPOA to Congress, as he set out a new strategy for dealing with Iran.

"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".

Former US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Since Trump declared his opposition to the 2015 deal and refused to certify Iran's compliance last week, the bloc has been stepping up efforts to save it, and on October 19 appealed to the U.S. Congress not to let it fall.

Since its implementation, the Iran Deal has seen 17,000 centrifuges and 95 percent of Iran's highly enriched uranium stockpile removed and Iran's only plutonium reactor disabled.

On the other hand, Trump's decision to reconsider the agreement is unlikely to bear any fruit, since virtually all the world's major powers oppose the move, he pointed out, adding that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Tehran would never negotiate an already approved nuclear accord with world powers.

The White House fact sheet outlining Trump's new Iran policy accuses Iran of "unrelenting hostility to Israel".

These concerns about Iran's behavior are valid.

The US Congress is expected to continue to try and please all parties.

After he drove a stake through the heart of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and later, the Affordable Care Act, Trump punted those issues to Congress to clean up the messes he made.

Trump did not urge Congress to reinstate sanctions on Iran, which would completely scuttle the JCPOA. 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 letter warned the United States about unilateral withdrawal from the agreement and said it would have "far-reaching adverse consequences for the security of the United States and America's standing in the world". Moreover, in the absence of the deal, the limits and inspections on Iran's nuclear program will vanish, heightening the risk of a deadly conflict in the Middle East.

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

This is particularly disturbing in light of the volatile standoff between the United States and nuclear-armed North Korea.


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