There must be only one country rejoicing at to-day’s announcement by Donald Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached three years ago after two years of painstaking negotiations. This country is Israel. To Netanyahu’s great satisfaction, Trump has finally kept his promise. But is his decision a real attempt to improve the delicate balance of powers in the Middle East or pure sensationalism which will actually make things worse? As to averting a nuclear confrontation, Trump’s decision raises more questions than providing fresh answers.
Apart from the USA and Iran, there were six more supporting signatories of the agreement namely the UK, Germany, France, China, Russia and the EU, which entailed lifting sanctions on Iran in exchange of a promise of no nuclear proliferation. The question is will these other countries who seem to be determined to stay in the deal, following Trump’s withdrawal and his reinstatement of sanctions, be enough to keep Iran in check with regard to the production of nuclear weapons, or will it result in making it easier for Iran to do whatever it pleases in terms of building up nuclear capability?
Soon after the announcement we interviewed Farhad Kharaty, an Iranian living in Ireland.