Iran N-deal Cauldron: Options For India

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After Friday's meeting, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said negotiations were ongoing with the remaining signatories "to see if they can provide us with a package which can give Iran the benefits of sanctions lifting".

So, Washington is re-imposing all possible sanctions, European businesses (at least major), which will definitely not risk their well-being, will curtail activities in Iran before the end of the year, European governments will formally keep their face, Trump is happy, while Iran is not at all - who needs idle declarations of commitment to the letter and spirit of the nuclear deal if there is nothing behind them?

Former and current United Nations and U.S. nuclear experts focused on the technical aspects of what was a remarkably granular document- to the chagrin of its detractors - insisting that the Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), includes some of the strictest and most intrusive nuclear inspections ever designed.

Earlier this week, Pompeo tore into the Iranian regime, saying he threatened to impose the "strongest sanctions in the history" of Iran. Nor is there any offer to limit USA ballistic missiles, even though US missiles are capable of striking Iran while no Iranian missiles have the capability of coming anywhere close to the United States.

He said European measures would need in large part to ensure that oil exports remained the same and that the SWIFT global payments messaging system continued to work for Iran.

Furthermore, Iran's air defense chief, Farzad Esmaili said on Saturday that Iran had 3,700 air defense spots across the country, preventing any hostile aircraft from entering Iranian airspace.

Foreign ministers of the remaining countries will meet in the coming weeks.

"Pompeo was like taking a cold shower", said a European diplomat. They continued: "We urge the U.S. to ensure that the structures of the JCPOA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal".

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Some credited Trump's unorthodox brand of diplomacy with helping bring North Korea to the negotiating table. Most analysts still thinks it is extremely unlikely that North Korea will surrender its nuclear weapons.

However, the diplomat said, Iran can go beyond its legal obligations by adopting certain measures such as inviting inspectors to the nuclear sites which they had not even demanded access to. Among other things, Trump said the deal needed to address Iran's ballistic missile program and involvement in regional conflicts, while the others had argued those issues could be negotiated separately.

Most analysts concurred that the U.S. has implicitly announced - or as cynics would say, confirmed - what amounts to a comprehensive regime change strategy against Iran which envisions tougher sanctions provoking identity-based conflict among its many minorities that could then evolve to take on political dimensions with time and the right amount of foreign support.

Iran has so far benefited less from the accord than it had initially hoped, partly because of remaining US sanctions that have deterred major Western investors from doing business with Tehran.

"If the USA succeeds in disturbing Iranian oil sales, the Europeans must promise to buy whatever quantity we wish to sell".

The 2015 deal concluded under the Obama administration dealt only with the nuclear program.

Pompeo has called for the negotiation of a new deal that would go far beyond the single focus of the nuclear agreement and would have the status of a formal treaty.

No nation can be expected to comply with such unilateral demands, particularly coming from a country which is responsible for far more destabilizing policies, civilian deaths, and weapons proliferation in the region than is Iran.

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