The nuclear deal as Europe knew it is dead – now we face a straight choice between our strongest ally or Iran


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The Henry Jackson Society today gave its reaction to the fallout from President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA).

In the run-up to the President’s decision, the Society released Going Ballistic, a new report into Iran’s ballistic missile capability. The report called for European states to be prepared to issue a new round of sanctions on Tehran’s missile programme, and to reject the Iranian contention that such sanctions would be prohibited by the terms of the JCPOA.

Dr Alan Mendoza, Executive Director of The Henry Jackson Society, said:

“The Europeans need to recognise that the JCPOA as they knew it is dead.

“With US secondary sanctions likely to be imposed soon, we face a straight choice between siding with our strongest ally or Iran on this issue.

“If we want any chance of persuading the Americans that there is a future in any kind of Iranian deal, then we will need to move fast on the issues of ballistic missiles, Iran’s support for terrorism overseas and the idea of a sunset clause.”


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