EDITOR's NOTES: Europe has concerns about Iran’s negative role in the Middle East but this was not part of the deal
What a week ! As US President Donald Trump was to unveil his new strategy towards Iran on Friday, which, according to some reports won’t include a withdrawal from the July 2015 P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, the State Department announced that the US will quit UNESCO, the United Nations agency for education, cuture and science, by 2018 to protest i.a. the organization’s systematic anti-Israel bias.
And at the same time, UNESCO is set to elect its new head amid controversy around the frontrunner from Qatar, Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari, who is accused of anti-Semitism by Jewish groups.
The US president – who has until October 15 to certify or 'decertify' the nuclear deal with Iran, will say in his speech that the deal is not in America's national security interests. But apparenty he won't call for re-imposition of sanctions. He will will also raise an array of Iran troubling activities in the Middle East, including Tehran's ballistic missile program and its support for Syrian President Assad, Hezbollah and other groups that destabilize the regiont.
He will instead urge lawmakers to codify tough new requirements for Tehran to continue to benefit from the sanctions relief that it won in exchange for curbing its atomic program. And he'll announce his long-anticipated intent to impose sanctions on portions of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps by designating them terrorist organization under an existing executive order.
In the speech, Trump hopes to "recruit" the Europeans into joining his broad strategy, particularly by punishing the Revolutionary Guard, which he and his national security team believe is fomenting instability, violence and extremism throughout the Middle East and beyond.
The nuclear deal will be on top of the agenda at a meeting of European Union Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg on Monday.
The European governements – especially tBritain, France and Germany- have expressed their opposition to a deal decertification because they think that a deal is better than no deal…
Did the Europeans convince the Trump administration to uphold the deal ?
Germany said Thursday that a move by President Trump to de-certify the nuclear nuclear deal with Iran would drive a wedge between Europe and the United States and bring Europeans closer to Russia and China.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, the US’s best ally in Europe, has called on the American President to retain the deal.
While Iran is known to be a sponsor of terror groups, Europe is mainly thinking of its economical interests. European companies have already invested a significant amount of money in the country since the deal was signed.
Helga Schmidt, Secretary General of the European Union’s External Service, who took part in the deal negotiations with Iran, said Europe has concerns about Iran’s role in regional affairs, but that those issues were not part of the nuclear accord known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action….
That’s probably the problem between Europe's position and the US....