KT edit: Iran is a rogue state, treat it thus

Iranian Revolutionary Guards fought in Syria for a sectarian cause.

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Published: Mon 17 Jun 2019, 8:00 PM

Last updated: Mon 17 Jun 2019, 10:50 PM

Iran's nuclear deal with the West, China and Russia was as good as dead when US President Donald Trump decided to pull out in May last year. Trump kept his election promise as he felt former president Barack Obama had given away too much while getting little in return from the regime in Tehran. Trump was right about withdrawing from the agreement because Tehran used the lifting of sanctions to sell oil to fund its terror operations in the Middle East - from Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
The deal was dead then, it's been discarded now and is not worth the piece of paper on which it was signed on. It was clear from the start that the US' exit would render the deal useless, but Europe wouldn't buy it for commercial considerations. For them Iran was a business opportunity, never mind the threat it posed to the stability of the Middle East and the world. Iran's covert terror actions have affected the GCC the most, and the region was wary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as the agreement was called, from the beginning. They made their concerns known but Obama was in a hurry to bring Tehran back into the fold. Tehran however went about giving more power to its proxies like the Hezbollah and Houthis.
Iranian Revolutionary Guards fought in Syria for a sectarian cause. Meanwhile, under the deal, the 10-year cap on Iran's nuclear enrichment was considered a safe window - a foolish conclusion. For the regime though, it came as a blessing. Blame Obama for handing it to them on a platter. Now we hear that Iran has begun enrichment even as it causes trouble for shipping near the Strait of Hormuz. If it's not nuclear blackmail, it's the conventional variety that Tehran resorts to at regular intervals.
The last time the regime caused serious trouble when its mines hit a US warship in the Strait of Hormuz some 30 years ago almost its entire naval fleet was sunk by the US Navy. Now it's asking for more trouble and the world must show the regime its place, nuclear deal or no deal. A rogue state cannot be expected to be partner in regional progress.


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