Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation - Kerry

22 October, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Why Trump's stance on Iran could backfire

During his remarks, Khamenei also said Europeans need to stand up to the USA measures "including the sanctions they anticipate to emerge from Congress".

"Donald Trump's decision not to certify the accord and to demand that Congress strengthen sanctions is, to my eyes, a double fault", Hollande told a conference in Seoul.

He has threatened to terminate the Obama-era agreement altogether.

Ayatollah Khamenei said he welcomed expressions of support for the accord from European states but if the U.S. tore up the deal, Iran would "shred it to bits".

In a speech on Friday when announcing his new Iran strategy, Trump used a harsh and insulting language against Iran and leveled many charges against the Islamic Republic, especially against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).


Kerry, a former Senator who headed the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Swiss media that Trump's leaving the Iranian deal's fate to Congress was "very dangerous" and opened the door to "party politics". "We would notice an uptick in their enrichment, like that", he said, snapping his fingers. Iran should view these developments as a sign of weakening in the stance taken by Britain, Germany and even France over its earlier ambivalence regarding separation of the deal with Tehran's behavior in its region. "It is a waste of time that one wants to respond to him".

While the U.S. and some of his regional allies support for the terrorist groups in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan including ISIL, this country accuses Iran of supporting terrorist groups in the region.

"To ask the same thing (as the Americans) about why Iran is present in the region - well, deal with it". Now they must fight back on two fronts: in Congress, packed with hawks on Iran, and in Tehran, where hardliners are waiting to pounce on an opportunity to reverse course.

In spite of Europe's apparent leaning towards Tehran, President Trump has continued to put pressure on all parties. The UK, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union all endorsed the agreement.

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