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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

The Trump regime’s unconscionable JCPOA pullout may end up killing the deal, or weakening it beyond repair as long as Iranophobes are in charge of Washington’s geopolitical agenda. 

Full support by Russia and China isn’t enough. Backing from Britain, France and Germany is largely rhetorical so far. 

The EU blocking statute, banning bloc companies from complying with US sanctions on Iran, along with prohibiting EU courts from enforcing them, isn’t stopping major European companies from severing business relations with Tehran to preserve economic ties with the US.

If this continues and Europe stops buying Iranian oil later this year, the JCPOA is likely doomed.

What’s going on is part of a near-40 year US plot to colonize the Islamic Republic, wanting pro-Western puppet rule replacing its sovereign independence.

The Trump regime is pursuing this objective by tough sanctions and destabilizing activities, wanting Iran’s government toppled by economic harshness and brute force.

The JCPOA hangs by a thread because of Trump regime actions. It’s in full anti-Iran regime change mode, including vicious propaganda, supported by media scoundrels, repeating a long ago discredited litany of Big Lies, along with threatening other nations with sanctions if they fail to go along with US toughness on the Islamic Republic.

Iran threatens no one. It’s combating regional terrorism, not supporting or pursuing it like Washington, NATO, Israel, and their imperial partners.

It’s the region’s leading supporter of peace and stability, seeking cooperative relations with all other countries, polar opposite how Washington and its allies operate.

It’s targeted for regime change because of its sovereign independence, opposition to US/Israeli naked aggression, as well as the Netanyahu regime wanting its main regional rival eliminated.

On August 29, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said no talks will be held with the Trump regime, adding the Islamic Republic can’t count on European support, Brussels most often bending to Washington’s will.

“Europeans should understand from the deeds and words of Iranian government officials that their actions will prompt appropriate measures and reactions from the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he stressed, adding:

“There is no problem with negotiations and keeping contact with the Europeans, but you should give up hope on them over economic issues or the nuclear deal.”

The JCPOA “is a means, not the goal, and if we come to this conclusion that it does not serve our national interests, we can abandon it.”

If European nations backtrack on normal trade ties with Iran, notably by not buying Iranian oil, along with failing to maintain normal financial relations, the Islamic Republic may walk away from the JCPOA.

On August 30, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Washington’s JCPOA pullout challenged Brussels to maintain an agreement needing cooperation from all parties involved.

She revealed Europe’s likely unwillingness to jeopardize its political and economic ties with the US. Will Brussels end up sacrificing the JCPOA to maintain them?

On August 6, the Trump regime imposed tough new sanctions on Iran, tougher ones coming in November to impose “maximum economic” harshness on the country.

If Brussels fails to challenge the US agenda toward Iran by actions with teeth, an unlikely prospect, the JCPOA may be doomed before yearend.

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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.