'Very Severe Consequences' if Iran Starts Nuclear Weapons Program

Danny Woods
May 12, 2018

Congressman Ro Khanna, a California Democrat who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, said: "Withdrawing from the Iran Deal only sends the message that the U.S. can't keep its commitments when administrations change and the only way to resolve disputes with us is through nuclear deterrence".

Patty Murray, D-Washington, who said the risk of war had "dramatically increased" following President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that the U.S.is withdrawing from the worldwide agreement to rein in Iran's nuclear programs.

The US Treasury has said that there will be wind-down periods of 90 and 180 days before sanctions are implemented. "It's a constant. The plans are updated as rapidly as needed". This gave Iran's economy relief, and it could once again trade with the world and get investments, and its famed petroleum and gas production was back in business.

Under the terms of the JCPOA, Iran is now in a position to accuse the US of violating the agreement and to request a ruling by an advisory board made up of one Iranian official, one American and an official from one of the other five countries. "We're not talking about any default to war".

Now that President Donald Trump has officially withdrawn the U.S. from the Iran Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the world has to figure out how to live with that decision.

Foremost is Trump's rejection of the clear and persistent advice from JCPOA partners Britain, France and Germany not to junk the agreement. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson had come to Washington, D.C. armed with a solution to Trump's third demand, an "extension of the restrictions on Iran's enrichment beyond the current life of the deal". In addition, while Iran has not invaded another country in centuries, both the USA and Israel, Iran's enemies, have led brutal wars against other countries and peoples.

"The JCPOA is a significant achievement in this regard".

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Mattis said Iran's "malign activities" are evident in conflicts and terror attacks in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

If that fails, the European Union could also use a blocking statute to protect companies conducting business with Iran from USA sanctions, as it did when it lifted its own sanctions on Cuba. "A wiser path would have been to live with the JCPOA, continue negotiations with Europeans and others on a successor pact to extend Iranian nuclear constraints, push for new sanctions tied to Iran's ballistic missile program and do more to frustrate Iran's efforts around the Middle East, including keeping USA military forces in Syria".

While there were no concrete steps immediately agreed upon, the refusal of European allies to accept Trump's decision is likely to draw the president's ire.

In a joint statement issued by the leaders of the U.K., France, and Germany, Theresa May, Emmanuel Macron, and Angela Merkel decried Trump's unilateral upheaval of a deal that they said is still being honored by its other signatories.

"Today is a reminder that if you live by the Presidency, you die by the Presidency".

Brennan, now an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, said in an interview with the latter that Trump has a "very flawed understanding" of the deal, which six countries signed requiring Tehran to limit its nuclear weapons development program in exchange for the lifting some sanctions.

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