Iran implies they'll attack USA bases if Trump imposes sanctions

Illustrative Iran's Hormoz ballistic missile

Illustrative Iran's Hormoz ballistic missile

Despite assessments by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and the secretary of state that Iran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, along with a public acknowledgement from the secretary of defense that it is in the US national interest to stay in the agreement, President Donald Trump is expected to give a policy speech on October 12 in which he will likely announce that he will not certify to Congress that Iran is abiding by its commitments. The UN inspectors have verified Iranian compliance with the terms.

His judgment is shared by a number of conservative organizations and members of Congress. This claim was contradicted, however, by an unnamed White House official who spoke to the Financial Times.

Q: What impact would refusal to certify have?

It adds: "Some entities at the highest levels of the Iranian regime, including offices and centres affiliated with the President's office, have been involved in smuggling or skirting sanctions to obtain illicit or dual-purpose equipment for these projects".

U.S. legislation requires the President to certify to Congress every 90 days whether or not Iran is implementing the nuclear agreement.

Yet there is a bevy of experts both in his own circles and even in the Middle East telling him that trying to roll back the deal, or even scrap it, would be insanity.

Q: What would Congress do?

Right now, there seems to be no appetite in Congress to touch the Iran deal. If the Congress made a decision to reintroduce sanctions, in practical terms the deal is dead. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, there is a feeling that sticking with it, however flawed, is far better than blowing it up.

The Iran nuclear deal - more properly called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) - was struck in 2015. The nuclear agreement, which was reached with the Obama administration in 2015, will allow them to do that in a few years.

Voila! The Iran deal holds.

The deal, aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will be violated if the U.S. quits, but the United States is only one of the six worldwide signatories, Abolfazl Shakouri, a political analyst, told Trend Oct. 10. This has certainly been meant to reference ballistic missile tests that flout a United Nations Security Council resolution calling on Iran to avoid work on weapons capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano reiterated that assessment again this week.

If the USA tries to force Iran into improved conditions now, it would lack European backing, let alone backing from Russian Federation and China, says Yadlin.

Q: Why does the Trump administration say Iran is in violation?

Toying with a serious nuclear agreement to influence Iran in other areas is simply irresponsible and unsafe.

The U.S. president is a born blowhard, and his United Nations speech was filled with absurd threats and variegated rhetoric, sublime in delivery and hilarious in content. Accordingly, were the group be boycotted, such a move would impose significant pressure on Iran. She contends that numerous Iranian military sites are hidden from United Nations inspections. And this at a time when the signing of that deal gave the reformers momentum and helped elect many reform candidates to office. "Chances are that the US president will break his country's commitment, as he has done so before". Iran would walk away over what is clearly a USA breach of the deal.

Dubowitz rejects the notion that Europeans are focused on decertification, or that it diminishes USA leverage over the Continent.

Doing so also might be an unnecessary provocation.

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

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