Where Does the Middle East Stand After Donald Trump’s Decision To Withdraw From Iran’s Nuclear Deal?
Whether you like it or not, you probably heard the news about the USA withdrawing itself from the Nuclear deal they have set with Iran decades ago. If you do not understand what that means, or what kind of implications that might have on the Middle East, keep on reading for that I’ll be breaking it down for you.
First things first, you’ll need to understand what was the deal all about and what were the sanctions that were forced on Iran for continuing their Nuclear program.
According to Wikipedia; following the Iranian Revolution of 1979, the United States imposed economic sanctions against Iran and expanded them in 1995 to include firms dealing with the Iranian government.
In 2006, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1696 and imposed sanctions after Iran refused to suspend its uranium enrichment program. U.S. sanctions initially targeted investments in oil, gas, and petrochemicals, exports of refined petroleum products, and business dealings with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. This encompasses banking and insurance transactions (including with the Central Bank of Iran), shipping, web-hosting services for commercial endeavors, and domain name registration services.
That being said, yesterday was considered to be a historical day, the U.S. and other world powers agreed to give Iran six months to open its nuclear sites to possible daily inspections in exchange for allowing Tehran to maintain the central elements of its uranium program, in a multi-layered deal to test Iran’s claim that it does not seek atomic weapons. Leaving Iran confused on whether or not they should continue their nuclear program, that they now know, could be the end of not only their economy but also might lead to an actual war.
Remember how we said this might actually affect the Middle East? Well, here you go:
One of the things that you’ve probably missed is that on the 30th of April, missiles struck after dark, hitting facilities in Syria where Iran and its militant proxies had set up camp, setting buildings on fire, and causing an explosion so large that it shook the ground like a minor earthquake. The explosion ended up taking the lives of 16 and the bad side of this many of which were Iranian.
Not a lot was said about the attack, except for that Israel came out and denied that they had anything to do with the attack and Iran came out in an official statement saying that they will respond to it but in the right moment and a lot of political experts believe that the right moment has come.
Another thing that took place yesterday, right after all three, Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, and Hassan Rouhani came out in their press conferences, totally shook people. A lot of media publications such as The HAARETZ, Time, and the Telegraph. reported that Syrian Officials blames Israel for strike near Damascus; that was targeting Iranian missiles aimed at Israel.
The situation in the Middle East has become very unstable and the reason why things have taken this specific turn is that Israel will be Iran’s first target if they decided to respond with aggression. In addition, given Israel’s location, a lot of the surrounding countries, whether they are on Iran’s side or Israel and US’s side, they’d have to take part in whatever scenario that might take place.