Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Again, the Iran deal can survive without the U.S.

Like I said yesterday.

That's assuming Rouhani speaks for the government on this issue. He really needs to get the Supreme Leader to recommit. But Trump's actions just strengthen the hand of Iranian hardliners who never wanted the deal. So we shall see. If the Europeans and Chinese re-commit to the deal, it will probably continue, just leaving the U.S. outside the agreement and free to implement whatever ineffective sanctions it wants.

UPDATE: On the other hand:

Maybe someone should actually talk to this President Rouhani guy?

UPDATE 2: At least this one is directly from an Iranian source (Zarif is the current Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs and he negotiated the deal that Trump just announce he would violate):