The absolute majority of the Global South now has definitive proof; Washington simply cannot be trusted to keep its promises.
Just when world public opinion feared the United States and North Korea were on the brink of nuclear war, the new axis of evil times (North Korea, Iran, Venezuela) yield a dramatic plot twist; President Trump is adamant the real threat is the Iran nuclear deal.
Enter a brand new, major international crisis deployed out of the blue with inbuilt war potential.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a.k.a. the Iran nuclear deal, works, and Tehran is complying. So says the IAEA (eight separate certifications of compliance since the deal was struck in Vienna in 2015). So says the EU, Russia and China. So says even Trump’s military troika - Tillerson/McMaster/Mattis.
Not Trump. Because, in his speechwriter’s mind-boggling words, no deal is possible with a “sinister,” “fanatical regime,” the “leading state sponsor of terrorism,” in cahoots with al-Qaida (check out this pearl; “Iranian proxies provided training to operatives who were later involved in al-Qaida’s bombing of the American embassies in Kenya, Tanzania.”) Not to mention “some people” even believe Iran is going illegally nuclear with the help of North Korea. That’s straight out of season 6 of Homeland.
As much as it may be drenched in newspeak, the plot twist does not have much to do with “decertifying” – in fact reneging - the JCPOA. The White House admitted as much in a statement; “The United States’ new Iran strategy focuses on neutralizing the government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants”, as well as denying “the IRGC funding for its malign activities.”
Enter, predictably, a new sanctions avalanche.
Flanked by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, U.S. President Donald Trump meets with members of his cabinet at the White House in Washington, U.S., October 16, 2017. | Photo: Reuters