PRESIDENT Donald Trump risks having the US military labelled a terror organisation amid rising diplomatic tensions with Iran over a key nuclear deal and the status of the Revolutionary Guard.
October 15 is the deadline for Trump to decide whether or not to certify Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between the Obama administration, Iran, China, France, Russia, the UK and Germany.
The hard-fought deal provided Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for assurances it would curb its nuclear program to prevent the country developing nuclear weapons. It requires the President to certify it every 90 days based on advice as to whether they think Iran is complying with the requirements or not.
President Trump has already done this twice, in April and July, however there are expectations this time Trump could decide against extending the deal. That’s despite evidence from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Trump’s top advisers and European countries who have said Iran has been complying with requirements.
On Thursday, Trump denounced the accord a terrible deal for the US saying it was the “worst deal” that left the US with “nothing.”
“We did it out of weakness when actually, we have great strength,” said Trump. “We will see what happens pretty soon.”
If Trump decides to pull out, it would leave Congress with 60 days to decide whether to reimpose sanctions on Tehran, and could disrupt the fragile truce between the signatories.
It comes as Trump is also expected to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation. This could bring sanctions against Iran’s most powerful ground, naval and air divisions and lead to reciprocal labels for the US military from the Iranian government.
“If the scattered news about the stupidity of the U.S. government regarding the IRGC as a terrorist group is correct, the Guards will also consider the American military all over the world, especially the Middle East, as equal to Daesh,” Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari told Iran’s Press TV on Sunday.
While some members of the Revolutionary Guard have been subject to sanctions before, labelling the entire force a terror organisation “would open up American troops to the same label,” Reuters reports. This means soldiers on both sides could lose their rights under the Geneva Convention.
NATO allies France, Germany and the UK have urged the White House to be cautious, warning that escalation could lead to destabilisation of the region which includes a major humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has called to maintain the deal in the absence of alternatives.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May also phoned President Trump to emphasise the deal was “vitally important for regional security.”
The Iran deal is the only halfway decent thing Obama did. Every foreign policy act by Dems or GOP is to further bury Americans in foreign adventures, people, problems and debt. This was one step away from war. The American Empire is immoral. It is not important if it serves Americans but it does not.
I completely agree with that. And Cuba as well. But literally nothing else.
I don’t see what would ACTUALLY happen if the Iranians decided to label our military as a terrorist organization. They have been chanting “Death to America” in their streets for decades, so it’s not like the label would be believable anyway. What’s Iran gonna do…sanction us? Good luck.
What do you mean by this???
Read my full sentence instead of quoting just the beginning.
The US has a policy of not negotiating with terrorists. The entire Iran deal crafted by weaklings in the Obama Administration went beyond negotiating with terrorists, it reflected total US submission to a terror state. We got nothing out of the deal other than another multi-million dollar bill forced onto the US taxpayers to pay.
I read it and highlighted the part I question, shrug.
Iran signed the Geneva Convention in 1957. The government that signed was toppled by radical Islamic extremists in 1979. I would argue that Iran lost their protection under the Geneva Convention the moment that legitimate government was toppled and they became a terror state.
Argue all you like, but by that token, the US lost it’s Geneva protections the moment it toppled the REAL legitimate democratically elected government of Iran in 1953. The puppet pro west government that we installed with Britain was illegitimate and toppled by Iranian citizens. That’s what you get when you violate international laws and engage in such behavior.
You bring that up but don’t think for a second that there weren’t forces behind the Iranian Revolution…do you actually think that was an organic movement? Nothing happened back then without one superpower or the other giving the green light. Don’t be naive.
What do you mean back then, hmm? The point I am making is that the US has manipulated the ME since WW2, so there’s no room for pointing fingers at Iran or anyone else. The Obama administration did the same thing in Kiev in the fall of 2013 and spring 2014, supporting a violent coup that toppled the democratically elected pro Russian government of Ukraine and supporting a pro west government replacement. The facade is that America is this shinning city on a hill. The defender of freedoms promoting democracy. That’s all bull shit, to fuck with North Korea or Iran now is to fuck with Russia and China.
POTUS says “Iran is under control of a fanatical regime and the Iranian dictatorship’s aggression continues to this day”
So what??? He says a lot of foolish things.
Wake up! It’s very simple why the Luciferian Globalist World Order doesn’t want a Nuclear Iran! Because Iran having nukes means no greater ISRAEL project! Don’t be fooled, Trump is one of the Cabal!
Nukes aren’t for use, they’re for deterrent. Iran won’t be nuking anybody.
The Iranians having nuclear weapons is not in our interest.
Well no, when regime change is your ambition. Btw, France, Germany, the U.K, Russia and China are all satisfied with Iran’s compliance along with the IAEA and much of the TIC’s own cabinet, he’s quite alone in his new found quest, and twice already he has certified that they are compliant so he’s confused as usual.
It’s a losing move. The other 5 countries who signed on will keep to the agreement, as will Iran. UN Sanctions can’t be reimposed. All we’re doing is isolating ourselves.
So Obama makes a deal that Iran was violating even as the ink was being put to paper and the former Muslim-in-Chief was sending pallets of cash to the mullahs. Iran has openly flaunted their violating it everyday, and the media sees Trump as a bad guy for backing out? SMDH