US-Iran Standoff is Entering Critical Phase, May Enflame New War in Mid-East

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

SputnikNews.com
18.10.2017

The Trump administration’s policy toward Iran may drag the Middle East into yet another military conflict and, what is more dangerous, deal a heavy blow to the nuclear non-proliferation regime, Russian researcher Vladimir Sazhin of the Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Sputnik.

The abolition of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, by the US will inevitably lead to America losing its reputation and eventually the fall of the nuclear non-proliferation regime, Vladimir Sazhin, a researcher at the Institute for Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Sputnik Persian.

Sazhin explained that Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA would deal a heavy blow to negotiations with countries seeking to produce their own atomic weapons, most notably, North Korea.

“One way or another, all these will make the US a pariah state, which will have no moral right to call anyone for negotiating new nuclear deals,” the Russian scholar stressed.

Trump Decertifies Iran Nuclear Deal

Last Friday the Trump administration signaled that it will not certify the JCPOA. 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.

However, Sazhin drew attention to the fact that US President Donald Trump neither withdrew from the nuclear accord, nor denounced it.

“[Trump] ordered the study of the possibility of changing [the JCPOA] conditions, and also announced that the American side may quit the deal at anytime,” the researcher pointed out. “However, Mr. Trump did not name the methodology, mechanisms, ways and tools of this hypothetical termination [of the nuclear accord].”

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