With Pompeo's Rise, Uncertainty Deepens for Iran Nuclear Deal
With Pompeo's Rise, Uncertainty Deepens for Iran Nuclear Deal
US prolongs sanctions against Iran
14 March, 2018, 09:39
Trump sees three defects in the deal: its failure to address Iran's ballistic missile program; the terms under which worldwide inspectors can visit suspect Iranian nuclear sites; and "sunset" clauses under which limits on the Iranian nuclear program start to expire after 10 years.
"I think it spells trouble for the nuclear deal", said Colin Kahl, who served as the national security advisor to former Vice President Joe Biden.
US President Donald Trump has renewed the national emergency with respect to Iran for one more year, beyond March 15, 2018 according to a Presidential statement dated March 12.
Trump administration officials say the talks are at an "advanced" stage entering their latest round of meetings in Berlin. And a meeting of all the signatories to the Iran deal, which includes the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, China, Iran, and the United States, is scheduled for Friday in Vienna. Hook was an influential figure on Tillerson's staff and it's unlikely he will stay on under Pompeo.
"This will require a "soft exit" that would secure American agreement to delay enforcement of secondary USA sanctions so European and other global companies could continue trading with and investing in Iran without the threat of their losing the American market", the article said.
In a January 13 cable, the State Department sketched out a path under which the three European allies would simply commit to try to improve the deal over time in return for Trump keeping the pact alive by renewing sanctions relief in May.
Additionally, Trump threatened to pull-out of the Iran deal - a threat he has repeatedly made throughout his tenure as president and a candidate - if the steps he is proposing are not taken. In October, Trump told Congress he could not certify that the agreement was in the national interest but stopped short of pulling the United States out.
U.S. officials will pick up discussions with their European Union counterparts about the fate of the Iran nuclear deal.
Critics of the nuclear agreement welcomed Tillerson's departure.
Trump delivered an ultimatum to the European powers on January 12, saying they must agree to "fix the bad flaws of the Iran nuclear deal" or he would refuse to extend US sanctions relief on Iran. It lifts sanctions placed on Iran in exchange for Iran abandoning its nuclear weapon ambitions. But make no mistake about it: This is their last chance. If no consensus is reached by that date, Trump is expected to withdraw the US from the deal. "However, my understanding is he doesn't want the deal to disappear", said a former senior USA official.
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