On September 5, Judd Deere, the White House deputy Press-Secretary, tweeted: “Today, the U.S. President, Donald Trump spoke with President Emmanuel Macron of France. The two leaders agreed that it was imperative to complete successful negotiations on the digital sales tax and to curb Iran’s actions threatening freedom of navigation and commerce in the Persian Gulf.”
“President Trump reiterated that dropping sanctions against Iran is not going to happen at this time.” Deere added.
On September 5, in his daily press-briefing, while mentioning Iran’s recent activities in breaching the JCPOA and its impact on raising tensions, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “There must be no actions that could send a bad signal and interfere with efforts to de-escalate tensions.”
On September 5, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, in a letter to Federica Mogherini, the EU Foreign Policy Chief, while informing the EU of the regime’s the so-called “Third Step” in breaching the JCPOA, said, “Iran is ready to continue negotiations,” the state-run Mehr news agency reported on September 5.
The fate of the JCPOA is sealed
Given Iran’s recent actions in breaching its commitments under the JCPOA, and despite Europe and Iran’s need to keep this agreement for continuing business, the JCPOA is nothing but a moribund agreement.
In September 6, 2019, in an interview with the state-run Fars news agency, Allah-Yar Malekshahi, an Iranian regime MP and head of the Judiciary Commission, while referring to Iran’s “Third Step” in breaching the nuclear deal said, “Our forth step is the end of JCPOA.”
As the time goes by, this fact becomes clear that Iran’s regime seeks the western incentive packages and is absolutely against any constructive dialogue that binds it to change its behavior, because as the Iran’s Supreme Leader, has repeatedly said, any change of behavior leads to regime’s ultimate downfall.