Iran Made 32 Attempts to Obtain Technology for Proliferation Programs — German Intelligence

Hassan Rouhani president of the Islamic Republic of Iran

"If they do, Iran's reaction would be firm, decisive and crushing and the United States should bear all its consequences", he told reporters. He loves to be at the centre of attention.

"All of those fears have been heightened under a president they believe is much more willing to use coercive American power", he said.

Last week, a senior U.S. administration official said that President Trump is expected to announce that he will decertify the landmark deal, more properly called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was signed in 2015 between Tehran, the five Security Council powers and Germany.

October 15 marks the latest deadline for the USA president to certify before Congress that the Iranian government is upholding its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal. They understand that President Barack Obama's signature foreign-policy accomplishment didn't freeze Iran's nuclear program - in fact, it laid the foundation for worldwide acceptance of an Iranian nuke because the restrictions in the agreement will expire in a decade. Trump should not provide North Korea any impetus to reject talks offer, citing USA unilateral move to get the better of Iran.

Putin has repeatedly hailed the importance of the existing deal, he added.

When he decertifies the deal, Congress will have 90 days to consider his action and decide whether to re-impose sanctions.

Iranian officials have threatened to respond if Trump declares that Iran is not complying with the deal. We have IS wreaking havoc in parts of the Middle East, Asia, and occasionally Europe. Their hand will be strengthened on the nuclear issue and other issues pertaining to Iran's foreign affairs, which would spell more chaos in the region. If the Congress chose to reintroduce sanctions, in practical terms the deal is dead. His government denied the existence of a military nuclear program.

Trump is expected on October 15 to "decertify" the landmark agreement between Iran and Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United States and European Union despite advice from senior members of his own cabinet and USA partners to stick with it. Such a move would leave the Trump administration with no alternative short of war. Lack of backing from Corker, a major player on Iran policy, would further tighten the president's already narrow margin of support in a Senate that is comprised of 53 Republicans and 48 Democrats.

President Trump has lambasted the Iran deal as the worst of its kind ever struck by a U.S. administration. "I say this not to be provocative; I am stating a fact". They also strengthened the right's grasp on the machinery of the state.

US media reports indicate President Donald Trump may designate the Guards as a terrorist organization as part of a larger strategy to increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

India's defence minister interacts with Chinese soldiers at border checkpoint
It should consider deepening strategic security communication with China, which can enhance mutual trust between China and India. New Delhi also needs to give up its pursuit of Washington and Tokyo support to deploy as a bargaining chip against Beijing.

What would that mean?

The sanctions were ruinous for ordinary Iranians.

Amano later the day met with Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi in Rome, where he said what matters to the IAEA is their objective observations, not the political atmosphere.

Americans are one side of this equation.

Iran had to accept a new inspection protocol, accept more inspectors and new electronic seals, guarantee access for inspection and provide transparency in other areas like centrifuge manufacturing components. It is unlikely that Iran would stand by as an idle spectator watching the U.S. manoeuvrings. A United States exit from the Iran deal would signal to the North Korean leadership that there is only one path forward: speed up its nuclear and missile tests and its preparations for war.

How serious Jafari is, remains to be seen.

McMonigle also explains that European companies would have to comply with some form of USA sanctions, despite policymakers on the Continent stating their opposition to further action against the Iranian government. The main one is the advancement of ballistic missiles, which has irked Trump since he took office, mainly when Iran tests their latest models. None of which are acceptable to Iran, and would probably destroy whatever limited diplomatic and economic re-engagement has been achieved.

- Shahir Shahidsaless is an Iranian-Canadian political analyst and freelance journalist writing about Iranian domestic and foreign affairs, the Middle East, and the U.S. foreign policy in the region.

However, the UK's stance could leave it at odds with the United States. He also regularly writes for BBC Persian.

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are exclusively those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

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