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Trump and the Iran nuclear deal

President Donald Trump of the United States of America has predictably pulled out of the Iran Nuclear deal which was put together by the U.S. and France, UK, Germany and Russia otherwise known as 5+1. The deal which was painstakingly packaged after more than ten years of intense negotiations with Iran was described by international analysts as a landmark achievement by the western powers, aimed at controlling and limiting the nuclear capability of Iran as an emerging nuclear power.

However, in a dramatic twist to the highly controversial Iran nuclear accord, President Trump in a recent television press statement at the White House formally announced the long anticipated withdrawal of the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear deal which the U.S. had played a pivotal role in its formation. In his characteristic rash and blunt manner, President Trump instantaneously abrogated the Iran accord which he described as totally defective and against the U.S. national interest despite the last minute diplomatic pressures by the U.S. European allies notably France, UK and Germany who were also signatories to the historic agreement. President Trump had equally described the Iran deal as the worst deal ever entered into by the U.S. but failed to propose a viable alternative or the so-called “plan B” to the current accord.

It is a matter of deep regret that President Trump’s latest action indeed amounted to “throwing out the baby with bath water”. A common saying that “a bad deal is certainly better than no deal” is very apt in the context of the present highly unpredictable and fluid situation in the world as a result of the U.S. rather irrational action.
It must be noted, however, that President Trump had never hidden his disenchantment and utter disdain for the deal which he made a major campaign issue during the 2016 presidential election.
President Trumph’s rather misguided action could rightly be described as yet another clear demonstration of bad faith and betrayal of international agreements which the U.S. had signed along with her trusted and dependable Western allies.

It will be recalled, however, that the U.S. under Trump’s Presidency had equally pulled out of the Paris Climate Change accord also claiming that the agreement was against the U.S. national interest. The current U.S. stance on the issue of multilateral agreements with her allies had, indeed, placed these nations at terrible awkward situation and uncertainty as to what becomes of the Iran nuclear deal as well as other previous international accords with the U.S. The U.S. seeming abdication of her global leadership role under Trump’s unpredictable presidency had further exposed her Western allies and indeed the entire world to grave danger of insecurity through the U.S. present policy of isolationism and Trump’s “America first” agenda.

To further compound the current situation of uncertainty in global affairs, President Trump had equally threatened to pull out the U.S. from the age long N.A.T.O. alliance which had served as a great deterrent to the growing Russian and Chinese military powers and global influence. Diplomatic observers, however, were of the opinion that the world would continue to be at a great risk should a major nuclear power such as the U.S. would suddenly abandon an international agreement that guaranteed world peace based on the effective control of the proliferation of nuclear weapons by certain powerful nations.

It is heartwarming and a positive development, therefore, that the Iranian leadership in its swift and mature response to the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal had re-committed itself to the full implementation of the deal and also called on other signatories namely; France, UK, Germany and Russia to continue to have faith and commitment to the deal which is the best guarantee for peaceful and harmonious co-existence among nations of the world.
In a similar vein, it was also a cheering news that the western nations who were signatories to the deal had equally committed themselves to the full implementation of the accord which is obviously the antidote to the prospect of a devastating nuclear war that could result in the total extermination of the human race.

President Trump in his earlier quoted press statement on the Iran deal imbroglio had issued a veiled threat to the U.S. European allies to the effect that the U.S. would immediately sanction any nation that might be tempted to strike a trade deal with Iran. President Trump’s threat apparently was intended as a warning to the European nations that any trade deal with Iran would be construed or tantamount to helping her to continue in her development of nuclear weapons or capability. Obviously, President Trump’s unguarded utterances were clearly intended to blackmail his European allies who might like to take advantage of the lifting of sanctions against Iran to resume trade ties with the Islamic Republic.

International analysts seem unable to provide an immediate answer to the riddle on how President Trump could single handedly abrogate international agreements or treaties duly signed by the U.S. such as the Iran nuclear deal as well as the Paris Climate change accord among others without recourse to the U.S. Congress or the approval of the American people who more than 60% of her citizens strongly supported the deal according to the recent opinion polls conducted in the U.S. The world will continue to watch with keen interest the current bizarre developments from Trump’s White House as he continues to pursue vigorously his “America first” agenda and to the detriment of a peaceful world.

Akabogu writes Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra State

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 17th May 2018 at 7:00 am

    Trump know nothing behind Iran deal and its purposes. That’s why he do not know Iran deal has already served its purposes and it is over. Trump do not know America has fallen and gone forever with 20th century world international order America hijacked and abusively used against many countries and people who fought for the 20th century world. That’s why he thought America still has power over Iran, North Korea etc. 20th century world international order with its fraudulent criminal UN and its fraudulent criminal international instruments is dead and gone forever. This is 21st century world with its international order which has Southern Countries Union- SCU led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa, with Southern Union Bank- SUB, Southern Monetary Fund- SMF, with its international instruments for finance, trade etc. which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe, under which Iran, North Korea, Israel, Syria, Palestine etc. exist and are secured. Trump etc. only has to think about American existence in 21st century world international order- under which union America will exist in this 21st century world international order: either under a union with countries of EU or not. Trump and America has to think about how America will pay member states of SCU America is owing- China, Russia, Japan etc. This is 21st century world with its international order. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Zeal kenechukwu 19th May 2018 at 3:15 pm

    People think the Europeans care about curtailing Iran’s nuclear ambition, wrong! It’s there business that they’re after. They also from day one knew that the deal won’t serve it’s purpose.
    Beyond the danger of Iran possessing nuclear weapons lies the almost equal danger of its destabilizing activities in the middle East.Talk about Yemen, Syria…. their support and bankrolling of the terrorists – Hezbollah
    Now to put matter straight Iran has to be stop. Trump gave the Europeans months to see what could be done….they were just beating about the bush. The Iranians on their part were busy dashing out threats ‘ America to face historic regret ….’ and nonsense.
    For the record’s the man doesn’t get tamed by such threat.
    Iran in truth be responsible and let middle East have peace clearly of present they like punching above their weight.

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 19th May 2018 at 7:33 pm

    @Kenechukwu, you’re ignorant of international politics and its depths, you’re ignorant of the Trump empty noise of illiteracy and ignorance about Iran, North Korea etc. You’re ignorant of the fact that Trump know nothing behind Iran deal and its purposes, the fact that Iran deal has already served its purposes and it is over, how much more you. This is 21st century world with its international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. America has fallen and gone forever with the dead 20th century world international order. God Is With Us!!!

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