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U.S. reimposes all Iran sanctions lifted under nuclear deal

U.S. reimposes all Iran sanctions lifted under nuclear deal

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  • Devastating. But you know what would be even more devastating? If the US didn’t issue sanctions waivers to countries like China. A good example of why it’s so tough to wage multiple geopolitical fights at the same time…

  • The headline here is more significant than the details. Given lack of international consensus on the Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran deal that has led to open EU actions to undermine the sanctions and the fact that at least 8 countries including China, India, South Korea, Turkey

    The headline here is more significant than the details. Given lack of international consensus on the Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran deal that has led to open EU actions to undermine the sanctions and the fact that at least 8 countries including China, India, South Korea, Turkey and Japan have received a waiver means this might be much ado about nothing.

  • The Iran nuclear agreement was not perfect, but reimposing sanctions without international support or a clear plan will only accelerate Iran’s nuclear program. This is especially true after Trump embraced North Korea despite no clear path to denuclearization, signaling US complacency. We will be forced

    The Iran nuclear agreement was not perfect, but reimposing sanctions without international support or a clear plan will only accelerate Iran’s nuclear program. This is especially true after Trump embraced North Korea despite no clear path to denuclearization, signaling US complacency. We will be forced to accept a nuclear Iran or launch another costly war in the Middle East.

  • While there seems a far more sound logic for the US keeping the deal, there are a few ways to look at it:

    The US pulling out is really the biggest blow Iran can take, short of the deal collapsing in full. The rest of the P5+1 of course make up a great deal of the world economy, and US waivers seem to

    While there seems a far more sound logic for the US keeping the deal, there are a few ways to look at it:

    The US pulling out is really the biggest blow Iran can take, short of the deal collapsing in full. The rest of the P5+1 of course make up a great deal of the world economy, and US waivers seem to be in hand by US Allies. Though some of that is almost beyond the point in some respects. Losing access to US financial centers is really a tough pill for a country still experiencing economic hardship, even before the US withdrew. That and any MNC’s that were doing business with Iran, or were prepared to prior to the US abrogating the agreement, will chose the US over Iran. That is not a hard decision. So the President is playing the strongest card in his hand.

    The other portion is that even with the US absent, Iran would be foolhardy to cross the remaining nations that now comprise the deal, or are waived to trade with them. By pursuing nuclear armaments in the foreseeable future, would that not leave Iran at square one? That is if the remaining nations involved don’t overlook such behavior.

    Rouhani also has tremendous domestic pressure on him to create a path to economic recovery. Even in a repressive regime, they do eventually have to answer to their own people. It’s not as if Iranians haven’t undertaken bloody revolution before.

    Also the US will undoubtedly benefit from intelligence sharing by their allies still inspecting on the ground.

    So it’s clearly Iran’s play now. It’s a gamblers strategy, no doubt. Yet in many ways that’s Trump’s foreign policy approach in a nutshell, for better and worse. However with the trade war raging against the PRC, the Iran situation has become something of a side-show. At least for now.

  • Oof, let's hope Europe and China are enough to keep Iran from going nuclear. If there companies keep doing business with Iran, will Trump go through with sanctioning them too? The States is running out of friends fast.

  • The deal was worthless and only emboldens terror. If you don’t stand up to terror it just grows. Obama did far more damage internationally through his lack of backbone than any President in my life time. Time we understand many nation really want us to have a backbone.