President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been employing coercive ways to counter and confront Iran’s dominance in the Middle East region and threaten penalties to punish Iran for its regional behavior.
Trump’s power game is to engineer a regime change in Iran not by military intervention but by reimposing sanctions on the automobile and civil aviation sectors from 6 August, thereafter energy and finance from November 4 after quitting the nuclear deal with Tehran.
The unilateral withdrawal by the US from Iran nuclear deal has also divided the West and plunged the US and Europe into a sanctions war with E-3—Great Britain, France, and Germany—raising serious questions about European economic sovereignty.
US has used the similar strategy of economic pressure on Russia by imposing sanctions after Crimea annexation.
Thus Israel and Saudi Arabia have been prompting Trump to declare political and economic war on the ayatollah regime.
Currently denying any type of such plan to be executed, White House national security adviser John Bolton has said
“regime change” in Iran is not currently part of the administration’s policy, despite his past suggestions that the United States should push for a new government in Tehran.
“That’s not the policy of the administration. The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons,” Bolton told during television’s This Week program on May 13.
Another top member of Trump’s foreign policy – Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is also known to have favoured regime change in Iran.
Former top Mossad official Haim Tomer has indicated that Israel, the US and Saudi Arabia can all secretly help to advance regime change in Iran.
He said that Israel could clandestinely help facilitate regime change, while the Saudis could help finance it and the US could support it on various fronts – if all of the parties worked together as part of a cohesive strategy.
Meanwhile,Iran’s top negotiator and Foreign Minister Zarif held talks with Foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain
to find ways to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive after US President President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the “Iran nuclear deal,”
Iran’s trade with EU assumes much significance for Tehran as The value of trade between the EU and Iran has soared from $9.2bn (£6.8bn) in 2015 to $16.4bn in 2016 after the deal was signed. In 2017, trade reached $25bn.
EU President Donald Tusk called the “capricious assertiveness” of the Trump administration as the 28 leaders gathered for a summit in the Bulgarian capital Sofia and presented a determined front to stand up to Trump’sthreat of imposing US sanctions on European companies dealing with Iran.
“Looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think ‘with friends like that, who needs enemies?’ But frankly speaking, Europe should be grateful by President Trump, because thanks to him we have got rid of all illusions. He has made us realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm.”
The European Council president repeated his comments in a Tweet tagging the US president. The US Treasury said the move would cut off Iran’s access to the critical bank network.
President Trump warned that if Iran resumed the nuclear activities, there would be “very severe consequences” and “They’ll negotiate or something will happen.”Trump was critical of the fatal flaws of the nuclear agreement, Iran’s support for terrorism, its development of ballistic missiles,
Germany, France and Britain want talks to be held in a broader format on Iran’s ballistic missile programme and its regional military activities, including in Syria and Yemen.
After meeting Zarif, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the EU had agreed to start work on a multi-level operation designed to keep the Iran deal alive that covers:
a mechanism aimed at nullifying US sanctions on EU firms
the continued sale of Iran’s oil and gas products
Banking transactions with Iran
continued sea, land, air and rail transportation relations
New EU investments in Iran
Trump’s decision of withdrawing from Iran nuclear deal has placed US on a collision course with the EU.“We will begin the ‘blocking statute’ process, which aims to neutralise the extraterritorial effects of US sanctions in the EU. We must do it and we will do it Friday morning at 10.30,” the European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said at the end of a summit in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia.
Juncker said he would use the similar plan used to protect businesses working in Cuba before a US trade embargo was lifted on the Latin American country.
Reluctant to get entangled in new wars in the Middle East, Trump has cut some foreign aid in Syria and said he wants to bring home the roughly 2,000 American troops deployed there fighting the Islamic State. The intention of Israel and Saudi Arabia is to take US along-with them to launch a multi-front attack on Iran.