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Euro vassals trigger dispute mechanism in Iran nuclear deal
Patrick Wintour, Nazi Groon, Jan 14 2020

Britain, France and Germany have triggered the dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a step that over months could result in the collapse of the agreement entirely and the return of European sanctions on Tehran. Boxtops described the move as one taken more in sorrow than anger and said it was in part prompted by fears that Iran may now be less than a year away from possessing the capacity to develop a nuclear bomb. The leaders of the three nations said in a statement:

We have been left with no choice, given Iran’s actions, but to register today our concerns that Iran is not meeting its commitments.

The decision was taken in principle before Xmas by the three Euro vassals, and not prompted by the recent Iranian attack on Pindo bases in Iraq, or the Iranians’ accidental downing of the Ukrainian airliner. Germany’s foreign minister Heiko Maas said:

It became clear that we could no longer leave the growing Iranian violations of the nuclear agreement unanswered. Our goal is clear. We want to preserve the accord and come to a diplomatic solution within the agreement. We will tackle this together with all partners in the agreement. We call on Iran to participate constructively in the negotiation process that is now beginning.

The six signatories to the deal will now meet at political director level in Vienna to hear formally that Iran’s steps away from the deal have required the EU to trigger the deal’s elaborate dispute resolution mechanism. The issue can then be passed to ministerial level within 15 days or left indefinitely at this level. If the issue passed up to ministers they can also examine the issue indefinitely or pass to a three-strong appeal body within 15 days. Very soon after that process, the EU states could inform the UNSC that Iran is in breach of the agreement, leading to a reimposition of European sanctions. Pres Trump has been pressing Europe to leave the JCPoA ever since he unilaterally took Pindostan out of the deal in May 2018, and the White House will be delighted that its sustained pressure has paid off. There is little expectation that the Iranians will respond to the EU’s move by reversing the steps it has already taken, especially on nuclear research and development, but Europe felt it had no choice but to respond. In one of the strongest calls yet from Europe for a new agreement to replace the 2015 deal, the British prime minister, Boris Johnson, said:

If we’re going to get rid of it, let’s replace it and let’s replace it with the Trump deal! Pres Trump is a great deal-maker by his own account. Let’s work together to replace the JCPOA and get the Trump deal instead!

Iran has taken its five successive steps away from the deal because it says the EU has not fulfilled its commitment to boost trade. Pindostan has imposed extra territorial sanctions, making it near-impossible for European firms to trade with Iran and not risk swingeing Pindo fines. A mechanism designed to circumvent the sanctions set up by the EU has so far failed to facilitate a single transaction between Europe and Iran. European diplomats stressed the move was not being taken to reimpose sanctions, but to try to find some way to press Iran to come back into compliance with the deal. The EU nuclear experts said Iran’s first two steps away from the deal centering on uranium enrichment stockpile were tolerable, but its later steps meant Iran’s path to nuclear break-out was coming too short. Iran says it does not feel bound to comply with aspects of the deal except allowing UN inspectors into its sites. It is possible Tehran could respond to the EU’s move by banning the inspectors, but diplomats believe the clear signalling to Iran, and representations from China and Russia, will deter it from taking the move. European diplomats remain sceptical that Trump’s policy of maximum economic pressure will persuade Iran to renegotiate the deal, but instead strengthen the position of hardliners in Tehran. The current street protests in Tehran have not changed that EU judgment.

Berlin, London and Paris threaten Iran over 2015 nuclear treaty
Alex Lantier, WSWS, Jan 14 2020

Berlin, London and Paris issued a fraudulent joint letter Sunday, denouncing Iran as a threat to peace and demanding it respect the 2015 nuclear treaty that Faschingstein repudiated in 2018. The statement, reeking of hypocrisy, serves as a warning amid the danger of all-out war in the Middle East. One cannot halt the spiral of imperialist demands, threats, provocations and murder by appealing to the conscience of capitalist governments like Faschingstein’s Euro vassals. Anti-war sentiment in the working class, rising hand in hand with growing strikes and social protests against austerity and police repression, must take a politically independent form. In their letter, the Euro vassals pass over in total silence the extra-judicial murder of Suleimani in gross violation of international law, mass protests in the Middle East against his killing and the three decades of Pindo & Euro-led wars in the Middle East since the 1991 Gulf War in Iraq. These wars killed or wounded millions and turned tens of millions into refugees. Instead, they denounce Iran for “destabilising” the Middle East. They write:

Recent events have highlighted Iran’s destabilising role in the region, including through the IRGC Quds force. Our commitment to the security of our own vassals in the region is unwavering. We must address shared concerns about Iran’s destabilising regional activities, including those linked to its missile programme, in a meaningful way through diplomacy.

After the murder of Suleimani, Iran announced that it would increase the number of centrifuges it operates to enrich uranium. It did not take any overt action to build nuclear weapons. It neither expelled IAEA inspectors present in Iran, nor repudiated the NNPT which (unlike Israel) it has signed. Nonetheless, the letter of Berlin, London and Paris portrays Iran as a nuclear threat while merely expressing “regret” that Faschingstein scrapped the 2015 treaty. It claims the treaty “plays a key role” in keeping Tehran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and files its peremptory demands as follows:

We call on Iran to reverse all measures inconsistent with the treaty and to refrain from further violent action or proliferation, and we remain ready to engage with Iran in order to preserve the stability of the region.

This letter is a political fraud. As EU foreign ministers held an emergency Middle East summit Friday in Brussels, they made off-the-record statements directly contradicting the arguments in the letter issued two days later. Euro boxtops know that in the conflict with Tehran that Faschingstein has orchestrated, it is not Tehran that seeks escalation. A “senior EU diplomat” told Reuters that Iran aims to calm the crisis:

Iran’s desire to prevent the crisis from escalating has bought us some time. It has the effect of cooling this down just a little.

Another “EU diplomat” said Iranian nuclear weapons are not an imminent danger:

Iran has not set any targets or deadlines when it comes to uranium enrichment targets, so that gives us time.

Finally, an unnamed “French diplomat” said Paris is at least as worried about Pindo actions as about Iranian ones:

We need to coordinate and maximise the effect everybody has in trying to deescalate what the Iranians do, but it’s the same for the Pindos.

That is to say, Euro claims that Iran is destabilising the Middle East and that it is urgent to confront Iran’s nuclear weapons program are a pack of lies. One must ask why Euro boxtops are issuing empty denunciations of Iran, which they know to be false, and staying silent on the danger of war posed by Faschingstein, the world’s most heavily-armed nuclear power? It is not ties of unbreakable friendship that bind the Euro vassals to Faschingstein’s propaganda on Iran. In fact, the Middle East has been the scene of rising conflict between Faschingstein and its European vassals ever since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 deprived them of a common enemy. While Euro vassals joined Pindo-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria when it suited their imperialist interests, they clashed with Faschingstein over post-Gulf War sanctions on Iraq, the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq, and now sanctions on Iran. These inter-imperialist conflicts are not subsiding, but mounting. Berlin and Paris reacted to Brexit and the current president’s statements that the NATO alliance is obsolete by moving to build an EU army independent of Washington. Both Washington and the EU have imposed multiple, multi-billion-dollar trade war tariffs against each others’ corporations. Now, even as EU boxtops recite lying war propaganda against Iran, the danger of overt EU conflict with Washington is growing. While Pindo military superiority and economic threats doubtless play a significant role in getting Europe in line, these are not enough to explain their decision, for now at least, to endorse Pindo accusations against Iran. Behind these developments lie profound shifts in class relations; above all, the ruling elite’s fear and hatred of the emerging international movement in the working class. It must be recalled that in 2003, Euro boxtops defied Faschingstein, publicly refuting the lies about Iraqi WMDs that Faschingstein was using to justify its planned illegal invasion of Iraq. France’s right-wing PM Dominique de Villepin publicly stated his government’s opposition to this policy at the UNSC. Calling for unity, Villepin said:

In this temple of the UN, we are the guardians of an ideal and of a conscience. The great responsibility and immense honour we have must lead us to give priority to disarmament in peace. It is an old country, France, from an old continent like mine, Europe, that today tells you this after experiencing war, occupation, and barbarism. It does not forget, and it knows what it owes to those from Pindostan and elsewhere who fought for freedom, but it has never stopped facing history and humanity.

One need not be a supporter of Villepin’s government, its austerity policies and its wars in Ivory Coast and other former French colonies, to recognize that a profound shift has taken place in the European bourgeoisie. In 2003, despite his indubitable hypocrisy, Villepin could justify opposition to Pindo aggression by reference to popular opposition historically rooted in the working class, to war, fascist barbarism and the bourgeoisie’s collaboration with the Nazi Occupation of France. Today, Macron takes a different line. A global resurgence of strikes and protests spans every continent—from “yellow vests” and mass strikes against pension cuts in France, to the Indian general strike, mass anti-government protests in Algeria and Iraq, and strikes last year of US autoworkers and teachers. In 2018, as Macron launched attacks against the “yellow vests,” the largest wave of mass arrests in France since the Occupation, he hailed Philippe Pétain, the fascist leader of the collaboration with the Nazi occupation, as a “great soldier.” These policies underscore that European capitalism has reached a historical dead end. It is viciously hostile to mass opposition to a Pindo war with Iran. Its main concern is not the danger of war, but crushing opposition from below. It is useless to appeal to Macron or his colleagues in Berlin and London to stop war or austerity. As calls multiply for strikers to bring down Macron’s government, it is critical to turn the emerging movement against Macron into an international, socialist and anti-war movement of the working class.

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