By Saqib Akbar

 

After American President Donald Trump’s bizarre decisions especially with regard to Iran nuclear deal, it is not P5+1 – the UN Security Council's five permanent members (the P5); namely China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany – versus Iran now, rather it, at this moment in time, is 5+1 (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and Iran; plus Germany) versus America. I couldn’t decide to which historical event this situation be likened to, but this thing has happened in the world. Today, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany are on the side of Iran while Donald Trump-led America is standing on the other side. Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany struck the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on July 14, 2015 and started implementing it on January 16, 2016. Under this agreement, Iran undertook to put limitations on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran. Former US president Barack Obama had praised this deal as a legacy foreign policy achievement. American institutions also gave their backing to this deal. With the approval of the Security Council, this deal became a global agreement. The current US President has been dubbing it the ‘worst deal ever’ right from the start of his election campaign and even today he insists that the Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into. He has twice told the US Congress that Iran is adhering to this agreement properly, but this is the thing that the US President must do every 90 days, according to rules agreed by Congress at the time. Now when the three months passed, the US President refused to certify the deal and announced that he thought Iran was breaching the spirit of the 2015 agreement.

 

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