In a tweet on Monday, US President Donald Trump said he will announce whether Washington will pull out of the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday afternoon.
The American neoconservative and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu don’t want to see another nuclear sanctions waiver for Iran, because they want military confrontation with the Islamic Republic, former US congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul says.
Trump has threatened to withdraw from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It was signed between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany in July 2015.
“Some of the people are cheering him [Trump] on. The neocons in this country are cheering him, of course, because they don’t want to see another waiver. They want confrontation. As a matter of fact, their best foreign ally is Netanyahu,” Dr. Paul, a three-time American presidential candidate said in an interview on Monday,
“Netanyahu last week was bombastic himself, and trying to present the case and declare how evil Iran was with statistics that were outdated, but he was caught at it. I think he should have been embarrassed by it. But he’s back out again. He urged it. We got to confront them,” he stated.
“I don’t think he said ‘let’s go to war,’ but that’s what his policy is. He is willing to confront them militarily right now, and they’re a lot of people in this country and a lot of people in the administration,” the analyst added.
The US is to formally decide on the issue on May 12 as European allies of the United States, particularly the UK, are reportedly trying to convince the president to stay in the deal backed by five other world powers.
The European Union, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany have expressed support for the deal in the wake of new anti-Iran claims by Israel.
Iran has on numerous occasions asserted that its nuclear program is merely peaceful and not meant to make nukes.
‘Trump doesn’t work on consistent patterns’
Dr. Paul said that “sorting this all out is difficult because Trump doesn’t work on consistent patterns. Who would have ever thought two months ago that there would be a possible peace treaty between North and South Korea? So who knows what’s happening. But right now this looks very difficult for him to come up with an in-between answer.”
“But I think that’s what he would have to do. But he has a lot of people in opposition to him, like the Europeans. I think everybody who has signed the agreement, they don’t want him to stop it,” he stated.
“I don’t think he has the option of saying ‘well, we are tired of this; we’re going to get out of this international organization, and nobody will notice and we’re going to leave,’” he noted.
“Most people, including Iran, believe if the United States breaks this agreement and walks away that means big trouble. And they will have some ways of retaliating,” he said.
“It’s very messy. But it looks like something big has to happen one way or the other. Maybe a big improvement, or big capitulation or a real problem by Friday,” said Dr. Paul, the founder of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.