Fixed or terminated: US shapes future of Iran nuclear deal

Fixed or terminated: US shapes future of Iran nuclear deal

The United States will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, US Vice President Mike Pence said, speaking to the annual policy conference of pro-Israel lobby AIPAC.

"The United States of America will never allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons," he stressed. According to Pence, Tehran "hopes to recreate the ancient Persian Empire under the modern dictatorship of the Ayatollahs." 

Pence said the nuclear accord “merely delayed the day” when Iran can obtain a nuclear weapon. He vowed the US would withdraw from the nuclear deal forged between Iran and six world powers in the coming months unless lawmakers move to fix the agreement.

"Make no mistake about it, this is their last chance. Unless the Iran nuclear deal is fixed in the coming months, the United States of America will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal immediately," the Times of Israel cited Pence as saying.

The director of the Roosevelt Fund of Study of the US at Moscow State University, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Yuri Rogulev, speaking with a correspondent of Vestnik Kavkaza, explained that Washington is primarily focused on the medium-range ballistic missile program and other elements in the Iranian armament program. "This was not the subject of negotiations and was not included in the document. And now the US wants to make these amendments," the expert noted.

"The British are a little bit supportive in this regard, although they do not take the position of such a sharp revision. No other party has such a position - to abandon the previous deal in favor of negotiations on some new document - only the US has it. All other think that this basic multilateral agreement should be preserved," the director of the Roosevelt Fund of Study of the US at Moscow State University said.

According to Rogulev, it is very difficult to assess the real probability of the US withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal, because the behavior of American politicians is unpredictable. "Yes, we know that Trump generally treats all the agreements concluded by the previous administration in a negative way. But it is also not clear whether he will make any far-reaching steps. I do not think that the US will act against everyone so sharply and unilaterally. This is unlikely to give them anything. Most likely it is an element of bluff, pressure on their allies. Although I do not exclude that some element of unpredictability can play a role," the expert concluded.