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Iran Round-up – 30 July 2019 to 1 August 2019 – Threats, Sanctions, and Hypocritical, Empty, and Disingenuous Gestures.

by Abdul Hussain

The political theatre that surrounds Iran and the USA is clearly an ongoing affair, and it does not seem to end for sure, as a fair amount of Iran-USA events have taken place between July 31, 2019 and August 1, 2019.

On July 30, 2019, Iran has reportedly threatened to reduce its commitments to the international  nuclear deal drawn up in 2015 if the European parties that agreed to it fails to “honour its commitments”, in which the commitments involve shielding Iran from US sanctions so that they could be able to trade without penalty, though however, Iran has already rolled back on its commitments to the nuclear agreements since the US has withdrew from it and decided to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Later in July (July 31, 2019), Iran, via its Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, has reportedly branded the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s offer to visit the Iranian capital, Tehran, as “a hypocritical gesture” that is “empty and disingenuous”, saying that “you don’t need to come to Iran”, in response to Mike Pompeo’s tweet stating that the US aren’t afraid of Mohammad Javad Zarif coming over to the USA.

However, on August 1, 2019, the US has implemented sanctions on Mohammad Javad Zarif shortly after Mike Pompeo’s claims of not being afraid to deal with him, a move which has led to the Iranian president Hassan Rouhani branding the move as “childish”, while also saying that “every day, they claim: ‘we want to negotiate with Iran without any pre-conditions’, and then they put sanctions on the country’s foreign minister”

Well, clearly there is no love lost in this ridiculous affair – that is for sure, and yes, this political affair is frankly childish beyond the realms of adult-minded logic.

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