Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

May tells Netanyahu world needs 'clear-eyed' approach on Iran deal

May tells Netanyahu world needs 'clear-eyed' approach on Iran deal

Jafari also denounced reports that Trump is planning to designate the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a "terrorist group".

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said United States plans to target the Revolutionary Guard, a powerful branch of the Iranian military, as part of punishments against the regime, would be a "grave and strategic mistake".

In September 2015, a telephone survey by the Toronto-based opinion research firm IranPoll for the University of Maryland found 45 percent of 1,000 Iranians said they were not confident the USA would live up to its obligations in the nuclear deal.

He is set to deliver a policy speech on Iran next week in which he is expected to decline to certify Iran's compliance in the landmark 2015 agreement that the USA and its partners signed with Tehran to rein in its nuclear program.

Mr. Trump is a fierce critic of the 2015 accord, which he has called "the worst deal ever", and US officials say he intends to tell Congress next week that Tehran is not honouring its side of the bargain.

Trump is also expected to designate Iran's most powerful security force, the Revolutionary Guards, as a terrorist organization, as he rolls out a broader United States strategy on Iran.

IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Sunday "if the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State [Daesh] all around the world".

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The law imposed fresh sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea over issues, such as Iran's ballistic missiles program, North Korea's nuclear weapons development and alleged efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 United States election, which Moscow denies.

"These sanctions will cap the JCPOA experience for us, and the experience is that dialog for America is a tool for pressure and hostility rather than interaction or problem-solving", Jafari added.

So far, there is still a consensus from Iranian, European, and some American observers of the Middle East that want to preserve the JCPOA.

If the Trump administration does decertify the nuclear agreement, it's possible North Korea and Iran could expand their military ties.

What could happen with North Korea? "But I can tell you I'm very unhappy with the deal".

If President Trump does not certify that Iran is in compliance with the deal, it is up to Congress to reimpose the old sanctions on Tehran which will once again hurt the Iranian economy. Trump is now stuck with the consequences of Obama's foolishness, and no one should be surprised that Iran is making threats in the hope it can prevent the US from reimposing sanctions. This would have stripped Iran of capacities like uranium enrichment, which is unnecessary for a civilian energy program, and linked any deal to changes in Iran's support for terrorism, its regional aggression and its gross violation of human rights at home.

A decision by Trump to decertify the deal would allow Congress to impose sanctions on Iran within 60 days.

Faced with the growing threat from North Korea, "we can not afford to open a new front", Mogherini added.

An IAEA report released last month had also affirmed Iran's compliance with the programme, which froze some of Tehran's nuclear activities.

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