Reimposing economic sanctions on Tehran risks handing an upper hand to Iranian hardliners in negotiations with the West

Any form of reactionary based out of its domestic policy on the international theatre is likely to have significant impact on not only the U.S. economy but on regions surrounding Iran.

On Saturday, Germany’s foreign minister warned that the U.S. risks raising the danger of a war close to Europe and Tehran developing nuclear weapons, if it reimposes sanctions on Tehran or terminates the nuclear deal.

The warning comes in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump refusing to formally certify Tehran’s compliance on the 2015 accord on Friday, despite international inspectors’ saying Iran is in compliance with the treaty.

Trump has warned that he could ultimately terminate the agreement.

German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, told Deutschlandfunk radio that the U.S. move sends a “difficult and dangerous signal” and comes at a time when the U.S. administration has its hands full with the North Korea nuclear crisis.

“My big concern is that what is happening in Iran or with Iran from the U.S. perspective will not remain an Iranian issue but many others in the world will consider whether they themselves should acquire nuclear weapons too given that such agreements are being destroyed,” said Gabriel.

“And then our children and grandchildren will grow up in a very dangerous world”.

If the U.S. were to terminate the 2015 accord or reimpose sanctions on Tehran, it would provide Iranian hardliners an upper hand in negotiations with the West.

“Then they might revert to developing nuclear weapons,” said Gabriel.

That eventuality is not likely to go down well with Israel, which will put us “ … back where we were 10, 12 years ago with the danger of war relatively close to Europe”.

Gabriel urged the U.S. to not endanger the security of its own people and allies for its domestic policy reasons.

The United States’ European allies have warned of a deterioration in ties with Washington over its stance on the nuclear agreement, saying putting it in limbo undermines U.S. credibility abroad.

The 2015 nuclear agreement, is hailed as a key document to stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb. The deal was made possible thanks to former U.S. President Barrack Obama along with key signatories, including, France, Germany, Britain, Russia, China and the European Union.

Trump has now given the U.S. Congress sixty days to decide whether the economic sanctions, which were lifted in 2016, will be reinstated.


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