According to Omid Nouripour, foreign policy spokesman of the Green Party in the Bundestag, just a small time window remains to save the Nucelar Deal with Iran. A failure to do so could result in a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. After the killing of general Qasem Soleimani and the Iranian announcement to resume uranium enrichment without restrictions, Europe has triggered the dispute settlement mechanism, allowing for possible negotiations until February 14th. But with Donald Trump pushing for a completely new agreement and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson siding with the U.S. president, cracks become visible in the European front. Read more in the whole interview in German here.
On May 8, President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal labeling it as “decaying and rotten”. Right from the early days of his campaign, Donald Trump has not shown much sympathy for this agreement, which the preceding Obama administration negotiated and crafted along with other states to prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb. The recent high frequency visits of European officials (Macron, Merkel, Johnson) to the White House were the latest sign of the growing international nervousness and efforts to change the President’s mind. Indeed, the decision to pull out from the Iran nuclear deal deeply worries many policymakers and experts.