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Why Europe should support US sanctions on Iran

By Mahmoud Hakamian

On August 6, Donald Trump announced the reimposition of nuclear-related sanctions on Iran, fulfilling a promise made when he pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in May. Since then, Europe has been trying to find a way to bypass the sanctions.

At the time of withdrawal, Trump noted that the Regime is likely still pursuing a nuclear programme that is hidden at underground military sites, which are off-limits to international inspectors, along with their other malign activities, i.e. terrorism, proxy wars, and ballistic missiles.

This came just days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed an archive of Iranian nuclear documents, which US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “shows that Iran had a secret nuclear weapons program for years”. However, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had not completed any inspections of these sites by September, which allowed the Regime time to remove items, despite numerous German intelligence reports and information from the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), who revealed Iran’s nuclear programme in the first place.

Despite all of this evidence that Iran has violated the nuclear agreement and Iran’s increased ballistic missile tests in violation of the UN resolution that enshrines the deal, the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Europe, led by France and Germany, “have joined forces to rescue a European effort to create a payments channel to keep trade flowing with Iran”.

To make things clear, the Iranian Regime seeks to bring chaos to the world, eliminate those they consider to be infidels (including the US and Europe) and have missiles capable of hitting Europe. The Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons program threatens the world and the US position to impose sanctions is the right one and the one that Europe should follow.

Yet still, Europe is ignoring this for short-term financial benefits, so it may be that the only thing that could stop them would be penalties. That’s likely why the US ambassador to Germany said that the US would “consider” imposing primary sanctions on entities that violated US sanctions on Iran.

As Rovvy Lepor wrote on American Thinker: “[The US] must ensure that any nation or entity that evades those sanctions face debilitating sanctions that it will never forget. The European appeasers must not be permitted to unleash the Iranian monster; otherwise, it risks Iran wreaking devastation on the world.”

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