JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IRAN TAKES ITS FOURTH MEASURED STEP AWAY FROM THE TERMS OF THE NUCLEAR TREATY – AND THERE’S NO ONE TO BLAME BUT TRUMP HIMSELF WITH HIS ANGRY-CHILD DESTRUCTION OF A WORKING TREATY AND HIS VICIOUS SANCTIONS AND THREATS AGAINST 80 MILLION INNOCENT PEOPLE   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN CBC NEWS

 

“Iranian president announces another break from nuclear deal

“Landmark 2015 nuclear accord has all but collapsed”

 

This marks the fourth step Iran has taken at two-month intervals to reduce its obligations under a treaty Trump destroyed. Iran proceeds gradually, but it can hardly be expected to behave as though nothing has happened, and this gradual reduction of obligations is the only means it has to generate any pressure.

According to every international expert, Iran scrupulously followed all the rules of the nuclear treaty for four years.

Then Trump suddenly came along and ripped it up, despite there being a half dozen other signatories who disagreed with his wild claims and confirmed that Iran had been honoring its obligations.

Imagine just tearing up a legal business contract that half a dozen others were involved with, all on your own? Only, you see, in international affairs, there’s no court in which to sue or judge to offer a binding decision.

Trump then launched all-out economic war, with the harshest possible sanctions, on Iran’s 80 million people who had done nothing wrong.

He also threatened the country with fleets of warships and bombers, and in his blind raging used the word “obliterate” against them.

He appointed some of most disagreeable men in the United States to high posts, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, who further raged against Iran.

Iran is absolutely doing the right thing here. It’s Trump, after all, who says there is no treaty.

Iran’s view is on record: it will happily talk to the United States if it halts its economic terror (there really being no other suitable term to describe America’s extreme behavior) and holsters its guns. I think most people can agree with the reasonableness of that.

The United States has yet to respond to reason.

 

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