By Theodore Shoebat
Just days before the Europeans expressed their warning to Iran over their violations of the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Trump administration pressured them to do so with a threat of a 25% tariff. The Americans warned France, Germany and Britain that if they failed to comply, the US would impose this tariff on European automobiles. Within days the Europeans made their accusation against Iran, stating that it has been violating the Iran Deal. Such a warning could trigger UN sanctions on Iran, thus disintegrating whatever is left of Obama’s Iran Deal. Its a move that one European official described as “extortion,” and it is also another sign of the polarization between the US and the EU over the controversy that is Iran. Jeremy Shapiro, research director at the European Council on Foreign Relations, stated: “The tariff threat is a mafia-like tactic, and it’s not how relations between allies typically work”.
U.S. officials conveyed the threat directly to officials in London, Paris and Berlin rather than through their embassies in Washington, said a senior European official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive negotiations.
Iran has exceeded the limit on the amount of enriched uranium in its stockpile set out in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog has confirmed.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday that its inspectors had verified the 300kg cap had been breached.
“We can confirm that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano has informed the Board of Governors that the Agency verified on 1 July that Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile exceeded [the deal’s limit],” an IAEA spokesman said in a statement.
Amano also confirmed back in March of 2018 that Iran was abiding by the rules of the Iran Deal, and then this same Amano said that Iran was breaking the rules after Trump pulled out. It indicates how the US pulling out of the deal provided the pretext for Iran to transgress the Deal. The American pressure on Germany could also act as an inventive for Germany to further polarize herself from the American security umbrella.