Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Countries that continue to deal with Iran could face U.S. sanctions: Bolton

Countries that continue to deal with Iran could face U.S. sanctions: Bolton

"It is not the matter of Iran's nuclear deal, it is the matter of dignity of Europe because President Trump believes in unilateralism; he thinks he's master of the world, he's a business police of the world and he will make a decision and the other countries must obey him", Mr Mianji said.

"That's not true. That's not true", the senior Trump official said. "It's just not true".

Earlier on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would remain committed to the deal "if the remaining five countries abide by the agreement".

"There's a lot we can do to, and we should do it", said Bolton, who at the time was with the American Enterprise Institute think tank. According to the United Nations' nuclear watch dog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran shipped almost its entire fissionable stockpile to Russian Federation past year, over 12 tons of enriched uranium that could have been used to make uranium atomic bombs. Here's a sampling of the reasons they gave for pulling out now. Instead of geniality, what we've received from Iran is threats to wipe out Israel, the harassment of the USA military to the point of taking hostages and a bloody, terroristic presence in the Middle East meant to say Iran would soon be in murderous control. "The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons", Bolton said on the ABC program "This Week".

The other Western members of the agreement seem to have wanted to save the deal not so much because of its inherent redeeming features, but rather to continue their voluminous trade with Iran.

A German Economy Ministry spokesman said the government had noted Bolton's comments. Bolton, asked whether the United States might impose sanctions on European companies that continue to do business with Iran, told CNN: "It's possible". The Nuclear Deal was a major factor in the last two Iranian elections giving the Iranian moderates real power and standing against the theocrats.

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"The removal of sanctions under the deal has already produced disastrous results", he said.

While announcing his decision, Trump called the agreement "defective at its core", claiming that after the lifting of the sanctions Tehran "used its new funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, support terrorism and cause havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond". We need to wait and see what China will do, what Japan will do.

Israel and Iran engaged in an extensive military exchange on the heels of Trump's decision to leave the deal. The stumbling block was the "sunset" clauses, which would allow Iran to resume fissile material enhancement within a decade. "It has crucial significance not only for ensuring regional security, but also for stability in the world, and it's extraordinarily important in the regime of nuclear non-proliferation".

German leader Angela Merkel also told Trump on a visit to Washington late last month that the nuclear deal was insufficient in itself to curb Iran's ambitions in the region.

"European businesses no longer have those investments available, their trade is winding down", he said. Timothy Stanley, a historian and columnist for Britain's Daily Telegraph, states in a piece that CNN ran, "I understand entirely why people might feel nervous: Iran's warning that it is ready to start nuclear enrichment was frightening". Upcoming nuclear talks with North Korea will certainly suffer.

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