trump is a clown, a bully, a coward and a grossly incompetent militaristic moron, amen

Trump Warns Khamenei to Be ‘Careful With His Words’
Sputnik News, Jan 18 2020

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, leading Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, noted that the assassination of Gen Qassem Soleimani revealed the “terrorist nature” of Pindostan, and also observed that Trump is a “clown.” Trump responded with three tweets including one in Farsi:

How E3 Try to Save Face While Iran Nuclear Deal is Falling Apart
Sputnik News, Jan 18 2020

Bending under the pressure from the Trump administration, the E3 have taken yet another step away from the Iran nuclear deal, say academics, suggesting that it’s unlikely that Tehran will engage in new nuclear negotiations with the same actors. On Jan 14, the foreign ministers of the E3 (UK, France, and Germany, signatories to the Iran nuclear deal) announced that they “have no choice” but to take action, through the Dispute Resolution Mechanism of the JCPoA, to bring Iran back into full compliance with the accords. Luciano Zaccara, a research assistant professor in Gulf politics at the Qatar University Gulf Studies Centre:

This way, the E3 want to save face for the failure of the most important diplomatic achievement of the Euro vassals, something that is already a fantasy since the failure of the JCPoA because of both the Pindo lack of commitment under Trump and the EU incapacity to enforce it. It was clear from the start that the Trump administration would do whatever it takes to undermine the JCPoA, including through intimidation and threats of initiating a commercial and tariff war with Europe, as he already did with China and Mexico. The EU failed to encourage its own companies and banks to comply with the JCPoA and embrace the INSTEX payment mechanism as a necessary tool to overcome the unilateral sanctions on Iran by Pindostan. The EU consensus was broken after Boris Johnson became the person in charge of the UK foreign policy decisions. Fourth, the Iranian pressure via gradual withdrawal from JCPoA commitments also contributed to the reduction of the nuclear deal’s chances of survival. ​Given all of the above, I doubt that Iran will engage in another negotiation with the same actors to reach a similar or more detrimental nuclear deal.

Dr Hooshang Amirahmadi, founder and president of the Pindo-Iranian Council and a professor of public policy at Rutgers University, opines:

It is the EU’s long-standing military, political and financial dependence on Pindostan which make it deeply integrated with the Pindo market and align it with Faschingstein’s foreign policy course. It is this dependence that is at the root of their inability to stand Pindo pressure. During the JCPoA negotiations, Europe played good cop while Pindostan played bad cop, in order to get Iran to agree to terms that were highly unequal. Additionally, Europe misunderstood Faschingstein’s goal regarding the Iran nuclear agreement. They thought that this was a real deal, while for the Pindos it was just a short-term arrangement to get Iran to destroy its nuclear infrastructure. After Pindostan left the JCPoA, the deal was for all practical purposes over. The only role Europe could play since Trump left the deal was to make Iran stay within it, making it a unilateral deal. Now Pindostan is dragging Europe along, trying to weaken the Iranian government beyond repair in order to ultimately overthrow it.

In May 2019, the IRI signalled that it would gradually cease meeting some of its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal, citing the Pindo unilateral withdrawal from the accords and the EU’s failure to live up to their commitments under the JCPOA. Eventually, on Jan 5, Tehran announced the fifth step in reducing its commitments by revoking the deal’s last key component: the limit on the number of centrifuges operated by the country. Javad Zarif tweeted:

In his Jan 8 address to the nation, Trump called upon the signatories to the JCPoA to withdraw from the agreement. In their Jan 14 statement, the E3 made it clear that they “do not accept the argument that Iran is entitled to reduce compliance with the JCPoA,” though they insist that they remain committed to preserving and maintaining the deal.

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