TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -US President Donald Trump is “bullying and riding” other signatories of the Iran nuclear deal in an attempt to weaken the international accord, an analyst says.
In an interview with Press TV Tuesday, Stephen Lendman asserted that Tehran would not accept a revised agreement, dubbed as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“The US is pressuring, bullying and riding maybe the European countries and other P5+1 countries to go along with revising the deal, and Iran will never go along with,” he said, citing all the years it took “to put the present one in place and finally agree on.”
Since the days of the 2016 presidential campaign, the New York billionaire has vowed to take on the deal by either revising it killing it for good.
“The idea of going back to the drawing board and reworking it and bringing into the deal the elements unrelated to the nuclear deal simply can’t be tolerated,” said the Chicago-based political commentator.
His comments came in reaction to a visit by US Vice President Mike Pence to Jerusalem al-Quds, where he threatened other signatories to the 2015 accord reached during the administration of former President Barrack Obama.
“If our allies won’t join us, President Trump has made clear we will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal immediately,” Pence said during a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. “But we hope in the months ahead to be able to strengthen it.”
Trump’s anti-Iran approach follows his refusal to recertify the Iran nuclear deal and his threats to pull out of the historic agreement also endorsed by some other US allies.
Under the deal, which has been endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, Iran undertook to apply certain limits to its nuclear program in exchange for the termination of all nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.