Washington is unable to terminate the Iran nuclear deal, as it would be in violation of the agreement endorsed by the UN Security Council, French political analysts specializing in Middle East have told Sputnik. Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron is walking a tightrope between Donald Trump and the UN, seeking to protect the accord.
Just the desire to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal won’t help Washington to rip the agreement up, Milad Jokar, a political analyst specializing in Iran at the Institute for European Prospective and Security told Sputnik France, stressing that the accord is nothing less than the decision of the UN Security Council.
According to Jokar, US President Donald Trump won’t be able to revoke the accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), because the other parties involved do not share the US’s position on the matter.
“If the United States interferes with the implementation of the nuclear agreement, it will mean that the US violates the deal and in that case they will find themselves isolated, because the EU, Russia and China will adhere to the UN resolution, thus taking the side of Iran, which has maintained [the JCPOA] up to now, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” the political analyst said.
The only thing the US president can do under the present circumstances is to target the Iranian missile ballistic program, Jokar surmised.
According to the analyst, the juridical guarantees provided by the UN Security Council’s resolution on the Iran nuclear deal would reduce global investors’ anxiety prompted by Donald Trump’s tough stance toward Tehran.
On October 13, Trump announced that he would decertify the JCPOA and handed the matter to the US Congress, which has 60 days to decide whether to renew sanctions against Iran. In accordance with the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA), the US administration has to certify its commitment to the deal every 90 days. The previous deadline was October 15.
US Industrial Giants Don’t Want to Give Iranian Market Up
Herve Ghannad, a French author and specialist in Iran affairs, believes that had Trump torn the deal apart, he would have come under heavy criticism from American industrial giants seeking a stake in the Iranian market.
“Iran will need big companies such as Boeing (Airbus has already entered Iran’s market) as well as large steel, automobile, petrochemical enterprises and scientists… Do you believe America is going to give it all up? I am not sure about it,” Ghannad told Sputnik.
As Reuters reported on October 17, Tehran’s $36 billion deal with the US’ Boeing, France’s Airbus and Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR has been hanging in the balance since Trump decided to decertify the Iran nuclear agreement.
Defender of the Deal: Macron Adopts a ‘Clever Strategy’
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has adopted a tactful stance toward the dilemma regardless of Trump’s assertive Iranian strategy, the French author emphasized.
According to Ghannad, Macron is following a clever strategy while communicating with the UN and Trump. He is acting as a guarantor of the international agreement and underscored that France opposes any moves aimed at bringing the Iran nuclear deal to a halt. However, he has never said that he opposes Washington or the US president directly, the author remarked.
Moreover, Paris is interested in maintaining a partnership with Tehran not only in trade but also in matters related to the resolution of the Syrian crisis.
“We cannot handle this without Iran,” Ghannad said. “That’s why, Emmanuel Macron stressed that one needs to negotiate with Iran either on Syrian or Iraqi [affairs] and that Iran should join everyone at the negotiating table, since the country plays a large role in the region.”
Speaking to Sputnik France on October 17, Thierry Coville, a research fellow with the Paris-based Institute for International and Strategic Relations (IRIS), shared a similar stance, saying that it appears that Macron is resolved to save the JCPOA.
Trump Mocks EU Allies: ‘Just Keep Making Money’
“The stance of the French government is similar to the position of other European countries that consider this deal very important. This position has been made clear to Washington,” Coville emphasized.
“What I told him was not to tear up the deal,” Macron told TF1 and LCI broadcasters last week, as quoted by Politico. “After that I told him, let’s have a demanding dialogue, let’s continue to conduct checks, but let’s be much more demanding with Iran on its ballistic activity.”
However, in response to his European allies’ concerns Trump said in his interview with Fox News that he “allowed” Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel to continue benefit from cooperation with Tehran, dropping the hint that they are protecting the JCPOA just to make money.
“I told them, just keep making money. Don’t worry about it, we don’t need you on this, you just keep making money,” Trump said.
On July 14, 2015, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, comprising the US, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany, inked the JCPOA which came into force in January 2016, providing gradual lifting of economic and diplomatic sanctions against Tehran.