Iran and EU Relations Easing While the US Threatens Stricter Sanctions

Iran and EU Relations

Last month President Obama verbalized Iran’s right to enrich uranium, this month the U.S. Senate is authoring a bill for stricter sanctions.  Two months back, in October, the EU and Iran met and discussed moving towards resuming business.  During all this time Iran has maintained its “absolute and unalienable right” to enrich uranium in accordance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty.  Meanwhile, because of sanctions, human welfare in Iran has been disregarded, and the economy has been undermined.  Despite sanctions, absolutely no one is closer to the greatest ideal of humanity, “global peace”.

 On Dec. 16, 2013, the news agency Reuters, reported that the EU government pledged to suspend some sanctions against Iran after verification that its atomic work has been curbed.  Reuters went on to report that the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency “is expected to verify that Iran has taken the agreed steps”.

 EU foreign policy chief Catherin Ashton said she hoped discussions would resume quickly, and that she expected to move forward. 

 But, after news that the U.S. was attempting to assert stricter sanctions, negotiations with Iran have become markedly more difficult. 

 The U.S. bill for stricter sanctions, forwarded by bipartisan Senators, is for in the event Iran does not comply with the interim treaty deal signed Nov. 24, 2013.  But, that interim treaty deal has yet to actually commence.  So, the question of what stimulates these bipartisan Senators to forward this bill, that is in the process of being authored by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is a good one.  And, the timing of the bill is another good question. 

 The White House is opposed to the bill, and Secretary of State John Kerry has adamantly spoken against it, stating, in essence, it would not be true to the Nov. 24, 2013 deal.   Indeed, breaking a deal before it even commences, especially on fears that the other side is going to break the deal first, shows a lack of statesmanship, and a wallowing in fear manifesting in bully-type politics. 

 As the Senators author and promote the bill, Iran and the P5 1 returned to Geneva on Dec 19, 2013, for continued negotiations.  The week before, during negotiations, Iran walked out after having learned of the U.S.’s proposed stricter sanctions.  So, another good question is whether the U.S. is purposely destroying any hopes for successful negotiations in coming to a final nuclear deal with Iran. 

 The past decade has seen failed attempt after failed attempt to come to an understanding with Iran.   Russian President Putin is against stricter sanctions at this time.  The EU is attempting to bridge differences.  The U.S. leads the pack in counterproductive efforts towards understanding and therefore peace.

 Now, coming into 2014, as technology funnels nationally divided politics into a global think tank, it is important to move forward with cooperative, concerted diplomacy as opposed to coercive, stand-alone tactics.  If peace and prosperity are not the goals, then they must be war and deprivation.  Many countries have nuclear capabilities; eight countries are known to have successfully detonated nuclear weapons.  As it cannot be said that all U.S. politicians are embracing understanding and peace, the best question is: how much would it take to blow us all to smithereens?

 Joan Brown ~ contributor