Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear treaty, meaning there is a good chance he will take us to war as both his hawkish National Security Advisor, John Bolton, and Israel’s Bibi Netanyahu want. Yet, the Iranian’s response was chilling.
The man sitting in the Oval Office has been intent upon erasing all of President Barack Obama’s legacy, and this agreement was integral to 44’s presidency. It was signed by our European allies, China, and Russia. They will remain in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) . It’s purpose was to keep Tehran from obtaining the capability of building nuclear weapons.
The pact was not perfect – none of them ever are. It did not deal with a number of issues, but that was not its purpose, which was singular. The treaty even allowed investigators to go into Tehran and validate that the country was not expanding its nuclear capabilities.
After Trump pulled out, the Parliament speaker Ali Larijani told the Iranian assembly on Iran’s national television, Reuters reported:
‘Trump does not have the mental capacity to deal with issues.’
Some of the parliament members burned a photo of the American flag and a mock copy of the Iran treaty at the start of their session. In addition, they chanted “Death to America:”
‘Trump’s abandoning of the nuclear deal was a diplomatic show…Iran has no obligation to honor its commitments under the current situation. It is obvious that Trump only understands the language of force.’
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would stay in the deal, even though Trump pulled out:
‘If we achieve the deal’s goals in cooperation with other members of the deal, it will remain in place. … By exiting the deal, America has officially undermined its commitment to an international treaty.’
Then, Rouhani continued:
‘I have ordered the foreign ministry to negotiate with the European countries, China and Russia in coming weeks. If at the end of this short period we conclude that we can fully benefit from the JCPOA with the cooperation of all countries, the deal would remain.’
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Iran’s military chief of staff General Mohammad Baqeri noted:
‘But that arrogant country (America) did not even stand by its signature.’
The French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged people to understand that the Iran treaty was “not dead” and that French President Emmanuel Macron would talk to Rouhani. He said that after their meeting, the Iranians, France, Britain, and Germany’s leaders would hold additional meetings.
Trump appeared to adore Macron, and he could hardly keep his hands off of him during the French president’s trip to the White House and Trump’s first state dinner. Then, Macron spoke to Congress, warning them of the dire consequences of withdrawing from the treaty. Later, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson also visited Trump – all for naught.
Now, the American people will have to stand by and watch as their oil and gasoline prices keep jumping up. They will have to wonder whether Trump will take the country to war. Time will tell.
Featured Image via Getty Images/Tom Penington.