JCPOA Members Seeking Protection of Iran Trade on US Withdrawal

It is clear by now that despite laughable claims made by Binyamin Netanyahu and the United States, Iran was always, and remains, in full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Iran has not pursued a nuclear weapons program in accordance with the agreement they hashed out with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and Germany. To this day there is not a single shred of evidence that shows Iran has not lived up to their end of the agreement. Yet, the US government is dead set upon sabotaging the deal.

The goal of the US is to justify the placing sanctions on Iran that were previously removed by the JCPOA. On top of this, the US has imposed new harsher sanctions upon the country. The goal of this is, of course, the destabilization and destruction of Iran via economic sabotage.

The other members of the agreement don’t feel the same way the US does. They maintain that Iran has acted completely in good faith. They not only say this but certify it as well. They stand by Iran and don’t wish to place any new sanctions on the country.

Iran for its part has shown tremendous patience with the dishonourable conduct of the US government. Their economy is in danger due to the sabotage efforts of the US backed by Israel. Their concern is that much needed economic ties will be damaged by US lies. With the US withdrawing from the agreement, a big gap is left in foreign trade for Iran. If Iran is going to be harmed by following the rules, then for them, there is no reason to stay in the agreement and refrain from developing nuclear weaponry. To this end, the other members of the agreement are seeking to fill the economic void left by the withdrawal.

Iran hs now begun extensive talks with the five remaining members of the JCPOA -Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain – to decide the future of the nuclear deal. For the last several days the Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif has been touring the countries’ top diplomats attempting to strike trade deals with them.

Iran says that if they cannot get assurances of protection against US actions in this case, deals made to compensate for the withdrawal of the US, they’ll withdraw from the JCPOA agreement. Iran has insisted upon remaining in the agreement out of good faith, to show that they are willing to play by the rules and live up to their word. However, there’s not much use staying in the agreement if they’re going to be the only ones following it.

The other partners, to their credit, are attempting to keep the deal going.

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