US exit JCPOA to harm other international agreements

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Publish Date: 8:45 - 11 May 2018
TEHRAN, May 11 - An Indian professor believes that the US President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iranian nuclear deal will undermine the credibility of other international agreements.

TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) – In an exclusive interview with IRNA, Professor Dr. Swaran Singh who is a Professor for Diplomacy and Disarmament, Center for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD) in Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, said: “Given the US President Trump’s track record in withdrawing from a number of international agreements and his rigid foreign policy stances vis-a-vis both the US adversaries and allies, it was clear that he will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. But, it is going to be one more unpopular act with long term consequences.'

'The US withdrawal from the Iranian deal and revival of the sanctions on Iran will surely undermine the credibility of other international agreements as well and also encourage the deviant behaviour amongst the nuclear aspirant regimes.”

“This will especially impact the nuclear non-proliferation discourse and decisions and its first causality will be the coming summit meeting of President Trump with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. This decision lends credence to Pyongyang's strong criticism, blaming Trump team for vitiating the atmosphere by repeatedly terming North Korean leader’s unilateral concessions as a result of President Trump's touch policy tweets,” added the analyst.

On the roles played by the Zionist Regime and Saudi Arabia in shaping President Trump’s Iran policy, Professor Dr. Swaran Singh said: “Surely Saudi Arabia and especially Israel have significantly emerged influential players in the making of the US policies towards the Middle East. However, President Donald Trump and his team were equally inclined to undo the Iran Nuclear Deal whatever may be its consequences.'

He said : 'Trump’s acting against the advice of several of his domestic advisers and well wishers as also his major European allies and overlooking the assessments of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the Iranian nuclear deal will undermine IAEA's credibility with long term consequences for the entire nuclear non-proliferation regime.”

“Indeed, just like North Korea, this approach of direct confrontation by President Donald Trump, has raised both the credibility and stature of Iranian leadership which is now receiving greater international sympathy and support.”

Terming President Trump’s pulling out of the Iranian deal as a turning point for the European Union to formulate an independent foreign policy, Professor Dr. Swaran Singh said: “President Trump’s decision to withdraw from Iran Nuclear Deal, despite opposition of his European allies, will be a major watershed in the European Union’s exploring autonomy from its century long close relationship with the US. 

'Potentially, this will not only make the EU immune to the US presidency but also will encourage the EU to explore an independent foreign policy including a distinct Iran policy. Similar trends of autonomy are also now beginning to germinate amongst the Asian countries. This will surely be an important watershed in further complicating the US crisis of credibility.”

On the possible impact of the US withdrawal from the Iranian deal on India he said: “India not only remains intensely dependent on various Persian Gulf nations for reasons of energy supplies but also have stakes in overall regional stability given that over six million Indians are living and working in these countries. India's strategic partnership with several regional powers, especially Iran, has been dearly protected by New Delhi, in spite of pressure from Washington DC. So, New Delhi is very likely to continue with its policy of 'multi-alignment' and 'strategic autonomy' and resist bandwagoning the US policy rhetoric.”

“However, of serious concern to New Delhi will be how the US withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal of 2015 is likely to trigger new strands of nuclear discourse as also destabilize the nuclear situation amongst Asian nations. Of immediate concern for New Delhi is the impact of the Trump’s decision on oil prices due to re-imposing sanctions on Iran.”

Source: IRNA

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