ANALYSIS: Iran violates UN resolutions under shadow of nuclear deal

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Since President Trump decertified Iran nuclear deal, famously known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on 15 October and passed it to the US Congress to decide its faith, EU leaders have lobbied Senators and Congressmen to save the agreement.

In reality, the JCPOA has been the result of political confusion over Iranian regime. As a consequence, the world is now witnessing a series of pressing threats in the Middle East. The reality that Iran's malign behaviors hinge on appeasement is lost on the pro-JCPOA voices. This is a fact they cannot fathom.

It is dangerously naive to ignore the strategic fact that the JCPOA rescued Iran's notorious paramilitary force, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), from being an almost bankrupt organization to become a “combat-ready force” armed with missiles that threaten Arab and EU countries.

In this regard, during a press conference at Joint Base Anacostia–Bolling in Washington, DC, on 14 December, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley presented concrete evidence of Tehran supplying missiles to the Houthis in Yemen.

“These are the recovered pieces of a missile fired by Houthi militants from Yemen into Saudi Arabia,“ she said as the remnants of the fired missile on the background proved her words. She also reiterated a known fact that "the nuclear deal has done nothing to moderate the regime's conduct as it is hard to find a conflict or terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran's fingerprint”.

On life support

Today, the JCPOA is on life support as the US Congress decided to punt it back to President Trump.

But the nuclear deal proponents have argued that countering Iran's destructive behavior should be separate from the nuclear deal. The efforts to save the deal without incorporating measures to change Tehran's unacceptable behavior will provide the Iranian regime with the three vital tools - land, weapons and money - to further destabilize its Arab neighbors.

On 1 December, the EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini acknowledged in a speech that "what was wrong is the negotiations were limited to purely the nuclear deal related issues." Mrs. Mogherini's words hit the nail on the head.

Contradicting EU officials who emphasize the need to restrict Iran's missile program, the JCPOA has enabled Tehran to advance it. As the deal's history teaches us, the Iranian regime refused to negotiate until economic sanctions brought the theocracy to its knees. Today, the EU is desultorily highlighting Iran's aggression in the Middle East and its missile program as main concerns.

While the Iranian regime rules out any possibility of reversing its missile program, one should ask how the EU wants to persuade the regime to come to the negotiating table.

The most acceptable answer should be "sanctions".

Indeed, it is naive to save the JCPOA, which provides Tehran with sanctions relief while at the same time impose new sanctions on the regime in order to persuade the Iranian clerics to respect international laws and UN Security Council resolutions.

One can discuss this from different angles but what is obvious, is that the EU has been responsible for the JCPOA’s catastrophic results. Those EU officials who still insist on saving the deal do so only to protect their political credibility and safeguard their positions.

As a consequence of Iranian regime’s malfeasances, there is legitimacy for President Trump to keep his words and scrap "the worst deal in the history of the US.”

Hamid Bahrami is a former political prisoner from Iran. Living in Glasgow, Scotland, he is a human right and political activist and works as a freelance journalist. Bahrami has contributed to Al Arabiya English, American Thinker, Euractive, Newsblaze and Eureporter as his work cover’s Iran’s Middle East actions and domestic social crackdown. He tweets at @HaBahrami and blog at analyzecom

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