Published: Fri, February 23, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Switching to 'megaphone' diplomacy, Iran threatens to leave nuclear deal

Switching to 'megaphone' diplomacy, Iran threatens to leave nuclear deal

The United States wants "flaws" in what it calls sunset clauses in the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal to be reworked.

"The deal would not survive this way even if the ultimatum is passed and waivers are extended", said Iran's lead nuclear negotiator, referring to President Trump's recent decision to issue a "waiver" that extended the Iranian nuclear agreement.

He then announced his country's commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, saying Germany has not only made whatever in its power to turn the JCPOA into a success but also put hard efforts into preserving it.

Adding to those concerns, US President Donald Trump told the Europeans on January 12 they must agree to "fix the awful flaws of the Iran nuclear deal" or he would reimpose the sanctions Washington lifted as part of that pact.

It was stated by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi today (Thursday).

But Mr Araghchi said the U.S. had to fulfil its side of the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) before other issues could be discussed.

Following the deal, Iran has gradually opened its country to foreign investment and welcomed more foreign visitors, injecting billions of dollars into its ailing economy.

Iran could walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal if it doesn't realize the economic benefits it was expecting from the deal, the nation's deputy foreign minister told an audience in London, Reuters reported Thursday. "The Trump administration is very aware that prolonging this ambiguity is the most effective way to limit Iran's potential for economic growth".

He said Iran's presence in Syria was not to create a new front against Israel, but rather to fight terrorism.

As a result, the economic gains Iran expected after it signed the deal have been stymied. Conservatives, however, opposed the agreement saying the USA is not a trustworthy partner. Iranians certainly do, which is also what Salehi-Isfahani thinks is behind Araqchi's statements: The need to sound tough in the face of mounting pressure from the United States.

President Trump has pointed out three major issues he sees in the Iran nuclear deal.

"The Iranians might do things that have nothing to do with nuclear weapons but advance the technical aspects of their nuclear programs over a long period of time", said Marashi.

Uranium when enriched to high purities can be used in a nuclear weapon.

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