US must guarantee it will never withdraw from JCPOA again: Iran’s UN envoy
…from PressTV, Tehran
[ Editor’s Note: The US left the JCPOA because Bibi asked Trump to leave it, and Trump was glad to go along, thinking that would buy the Zionist regime having his back when it came to fighting his political enemies, as in taking them out when needed.
By that I don’t mean the old fashioned way, but by being able to call on the Israeli blackmail files to cut troublesome opponents off at the knees.
This ‘never unilaterally withdraw’ demand from the JCPOA if the US did reenter is not a topic that did not pop up out of thin air this late in the game. A couple of weeks ago, the Biden administration said that it could not bind future generations to stay in the deal and effectively admitted that the agreement with Iran would be constantly “in play”.
That would mean a future political party could run on a platform to withdraw from the deal if it took power, and once again the Israelis would be onboard demanding the deal be broken, or else someone would have to deal with their nasty people.
The legal basis of this is that the JCPOA is not a treaty, as it was not approved by Congress. It is an agreement, something we see can be broken at any time for any reason by either side who then has to deal with the fall out.
In the US situation, Trump did run on killing the deal, and it looks for know like all Republican administrations would in the future. So that begs the question why should Iran sit by waiting for the eventual day when the US bails out of a new agreement and reimposes sanctions, backed up by its military might?
Would it not be better from their standpoint to nuke up, where they would join the mutually assured destruction league during any new Cold Wars.
Why is Iran bringing this up now? All I can think of is that the new Iranian government knows there is no point in saving it until the end of negotiations. It might as well get it out on the table where everybody can see it.
Biden says he wants peaceful conditions in the Mideast to cool the region off while his administration shifts US focus to the East to China and Russia. Of course, nuclear Israel will not be bound by any US agreement, or anyone else’s for that matter.
Israel would no longer have military threat dominance without the risk of a full retaliation, should Iran gain nukes.
That is something the Israelis have never had to face, and which I would pose, has made them more aggressive than they would have been otherwise. In retrospect it was the big mistake everybody else made, letting the little country the size of metro Atlanta become such a big problem, including its nukes.
Seriously, imagine the political crisis in Israel if the world told it to surrender its nukes to community control or it would go under full sanctions. How long could it say fuck you? … Jim W. Dean ]
First published … July 01, 2021
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations says a guarantee by the United States that it will never unilaterally withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal again is crucial to a successful conclusion of the ongoing talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the agreement.
Speaking to reporters after a United Nations Security Council meeting on Wednesday, Majid Takht-Ravanchi reiterated that the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was illegal and against international regulations.
“The US left the JCPOA illegally, irrationally and without any reason,” he said.
After leaving the JCPOA in 2018, the US under the then President Donald Trump initiated a “maximum pressure” campaign of tough economic sanctions against Iran, prompting Tehran to take remedial measures by gradually reducing its nuclear commitments.
Since April, representatives from Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA — France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China — have been holding talks in the Austrian capital aimed at bringing the US back to compliance and putting the deal back on track.
The talks have, however, dragged on, signaling that the US is still refusing to meet Tehran’s key conditions for it to return to the JCPOA.
Takht-Ravanchi said, “Now that we are speaking about a return to the JCPOA, it is our natural right that we must be given assurances and a guarantee that such a thing [the US withdrawal] will never be repeated again.”
“A repeat of this will lead to economic and humanitarian losses, on the one hand, and harm international relations, on the other,” he said. “The necessity for a US guarantee is an obvious principle which has been emphasized by Iran over the past years.”
“This is an experience that we and other members of the Security Council have gained from the US’s unlawful and unconventional withdrawal from the JCPOA,” he said.
He emphasized that it is impossible to overlook the economic pressure that has been exerted on the Iranian nation in recent years.
The United Nations Security Council held a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the secretary general’s report on the implementation of Resolution 2231 endorsing the JCPOA.
Antonio Guterres urged the United States to “lift or waive its sanctions” on Iran as agreed under the nuclear deal and to “extend the waivers with regard to the trade in oil with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and fully renew waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects.”
Addressing the meeting, Takht-Ravanchi slammed the countries that reneged on their pledges under the JCPOA and wrongfully blamed Tehran instead for its rightful remedial nuclear measures.
“Those who broke their promise are the ones who must prove their sincerity and genuine political will. They are the ones who must take hard decisions,” the Iranian envoy told the session.