Former Iranian Ambassador: Trump’s Re-imposed Sanctions Against Iran Are an Act of Warfare


AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org,
The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. We begin with a look at escalating tensions
between the United States and Iran. On Sunday, the U.S. Ambassador to Britain
Woody Johnson wrote an op-ed in The Telegraph urging Britain to withdraw its support of
the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Ambassador Johnson wrote, “America is turning
up the pressure and we want the U.K. by our side.” Johnson’s op-ed comes after the Trump administration
re-imposed economic sanctions against Iran last week following Trump’s decision to
withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The sanctions increase tensions between the
U.S. and Iran, and the U.S. and its European allies. Trump has threatened other countries seeking
to trade with Iran, tweeting “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business
with the United States.” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani condemned
the sanctions as psychological warfare, saying last week he would not begin negotiations
until the sanctions are withdrawn. PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI: The first step would
be for U.S. President Donald Trump to show that he genuinely wants to engage in negotiations
to solve a problem. What’s the meaning of negotiations when
you impose sanctions at the same time? It’s like someone pulling a knife to stab
a rival or an enemy in the arm while at the same time claiming we should be talking and
negotiating. The answer in such a case would be to say,
“Remove the knife from the arm and put the knife away.” AMY GOODMAN: Just last month, President Trump
said he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani whenever Rouhani wants, without
preconditions. This is Trump speaking at a White House conference
just two weeks ago. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I do believe that
they will probably end up wanting to meet, and I’m ready to meet any time they want
to. And I don’t do that from strength or from
weakness; I think it is an appropriate thing to do. If we could work something out that’s meaningful,
not the waste of paper that the other deal was, I would certainly be willing to meet. UNKNOWN: Do you have preconditions for that
meeting? PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: No preconditions. No. If they want to meet, I’ll meet. Any time they want. Any time they want. It’s good for the country, good for them,
good for us and good for the world. No preconditions. If they want to meet, I’ll meet. AMY GOODMAN: Only hours later, Secretary of
State Mike Pompeo announced a slew of preconditions for a possible meeting, including Iran being
willing to enter into a new nuclear deal. Well, for more, we’re joined now by Ambassador
Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at Princeton
University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. From 2003 to 2005, he served as spokesperson
for Iran in its nuclear negotiations with the European Union. He is author of The Iranian Nuclear Crisis:
A Memoir and most recently, Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed
Past and the Road to Peace. Ambassador, welcome back to Democracy Now! Thank you for joining us from Princeton University. Why don’t we start off with the latest news? You have the U.S. Ambassador to Britain Woody
Johnson pressuring Britain to pull out of the U.S. nuclear deal following the United
States, which Trump did, and the imposition of sanctions by the United States last week
on Iran. SEYED HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN: As you know, the
Iranian nuclear deal was the result of 13 years of negotiation between Iran and the
world powers. The U.S. engaged in negotiation in 2013 and
had also bilateral meetings—intrusive, frequent bilateral meetings—from 2013 to 2015. Ultimately, Iran and the U.S., Iran, the world
powers, agreed on the nuclear deal. The United Nations Security Council passed
a resolution approving the deal. And two years after deal, Iran has fully complied
with all its commitments. The IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency,
which is the sole agency responsible for supervising the nuclear program of member states, has
11 times since 2016 confirmed Iran’s full compliance with the nuclear deal. Now, the U.S. is the only UN Security Council
member who withdrew from the deal, who violated the deal. This is bad. This is a big mistake. This is a violation of international law and
regulations by the United States of America. However, what you mentioned, the U.S. ambassador
wrote an op-ed in London pressuring the U.K. to join the U.S. to violate the United Nations
Security Council, and to withdraw from the deal. The U.S. is doing such a move with every European
member. The U.S. is pushing all international community,
all other countries, and this is really something very strange and perhaps unprecedented. The United States is the most powerful country
in the world and the most powerful member of the United Nations Security Council, which
all five permanent members are responsible for full implementation of the U.N. Security
Council resolutions passed by themselves. Now, not only the U.S. is violating the deal
itself, but pushing the other international—other countries, other members of permanent Security
Council, to violate the U.N. Security Council. This is really something unprecedented and
very, very strange, and at the same time very dangerous for international peace, order and
security. AMY GOODMAN: Can you talk about the effects
of the sanctions reimposed last week by President Trump against Iran? SEYED HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN: I would say there
would be an effect on Iranian economy. Iranians definitely would be harmed. I have no doubt about it. Already we have seen some negative consequences
on the Iranian economy. However, I need to mention perhaps three points. The first point is the fact that Iran has
been under U.S. sanctions for 40 years. Therefore, I can say Iranians are the most
experienced country and nation on the U.S. sanctions. They have been able to handle the U.S. sanctions,
international sanctions, multilateral sanctions and survive and continue their strategies,
domestically or regionally or internationally. The second point is that during the first
term of President Obama, the U.S. was able to create international consensus to bring
U.N. Security Council sanction Iran. It means it was international consensus. Russia agreed. China agreed. It was because there were six U.N. resolutions
on the Iranian nuclear program which Iran was not ready to accept. However, this time, while the deal has been
achieved, while Iran has signed, the U.S. signed, the other permanent members of the
United Nations Security Council signed, the U.N. passed resolution and Iran has fully
complied with every commitment. Now the U.S. is practically isolated to bringing
new sanctions or re-imposing the sanctions, and therefore the other countries like Russia,
China, Europe, India, they are not going to violate the United Nations Security Council
and they are going to continue business with Iran. Therefore, I believe President Trump would
not be able to create international consensus reimposing the new sanctions. This is the second issue. The third issue, which is I believe is more
important—Iranian economy is under many, many difficulties like corruption, like dysfunctionality,
like smuggling, like inflation and they have a lot of problems. This has been problem since 1979 when Saddam
invaded Iran, Iran had eight years war, and after war, the U.S. pushed for many, many
sanctions against Iran. However, I believe at least 50 percent of
the Iranian domestic economic problem is not because of the sanctions. They are because of the domestic dysfunctionality
of different system, but this is the government or other system. Therefore, if Iran is going to resist the
sanctions, they would need to address the dysfunctionalities of their own system. Therefore, this is one reality about dysfunctionality
of Iranian domestic economic system. The other reality is that the U.S. is not
going to be able to create international consensus, and therefore, I believe Iran would be harmed,
but President Trump would fail to capitulate Iran to come to negotiations under sanctions
and pressures. AMY GOODMAN: Let me ask you about President
Trump and his increasing threats against Iran. Last month he tweeted to Iranian President
Hassan Rouhani, ”NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES
THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.” This was in all caps. Later, National Security Advisor John Bolton
doubled down, saying, “President Trump told me that if Iran does anything at all to the
negative, they will pay a price like few countries have ever paid before.” This comes after, in May, Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo using his first policy address as secretary of state to threaten Iran with
the strongest sanctions in history. This is what he said: SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO: We will apply
unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime. The leaders in Tehran will have no doubt about
our seriousness. Thanks to our colleagues at the Department
of Treasury, sanctions are going back in full effect and new ones are coming. Last week, we imposed sanctions on the head
of Iran’s Central Bank and other entities that were funneling money to the IRGC Quds
Force. They were also providing money to Hezbollah
and other terrorist organizations. AMY GOODMAN: So that’s Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo. Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian, talk about
what this means and also the possibility that President Trump might meet with Rouhani in
a kind of side meeting in New York at the U.N. General Assembly when world leaders come. SEYED HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN: Let me respond to
your questions. You have two questions. The first one is about threatening. I believe threatening is really bad, is against
the United Nation charter. Whether if Iran is threatening the U.S. or
the U.S. is threatening the Iranians, this is a clear violation of the U.N. charter. However, the fact is that President Trump
has started to threaten Iran. The first threatening was violation of the
nuclear deal, violation of the United Nations Security Council resolution, violation of
11 resolutions of the IAEA, International Atomic Energy Agency. The second threat came by President Trump
administration was the official statement by John Bolton and Pompeo for regime change
in Iran. They frequently mention that they are after
regime change in Iran. The third threat from the U.S. side was when
the U.S. said they are going to bring Iranian oil export to zero. Therefore, I think already President Trump
started, clicked the trend of threatening by regime change strategy, by all options
on the table, including literally a strike on Iran by sanctioning Iran, by violating
the nuclear deal, and by, for the first time it was a statement from the United States
of America to say that they are going to bring Iranian oil export to zero. Even during the war, Saddam’s invasion of
Iran, 1980 to 1988, when the U.S. was supporting Saddam in war against Iran, never the U.S.
said that “I’m going to bring Iranian oil export to zero.” That’s why I believe President Trump has
gone beyond threatening Iran. President Trump publicly has announced economic
war, political war with Iran, short of military war. Therefore, Iranians also they would respond
and they would threaten the U.S. by closing the Strait of Hormuz in order not to let any
other country to export oil if Iran is not permitted to export oil. That is why a threat is [inaudible] came for
the first time from the U.S. side. Now, about your second question, whether any
negotiation would be possible or not. My first response is that while Iran and the
U.S. already agreed on a deal and the U.S. violated it, how Iranians they can trust the
U.S. to enter a new negotiation? Let’s say there would be a new negotiation. Let’s say there would be an agreement with
President Trump. Who can guarantee the next U.S. president
would not come and would not violate it? President Obama agreed. It was not bilateral agreement; it was an
international agreement. It had U.N. resolution. Despite of all this, President Trump, after
Obama, publicly said it was a bad mistake and, “Oh, I am going to kill it.” How the U.S. can assure Iranians if there
is a negotiation, if there is an agreement, the next U.S. president is not going to do
what President Trump did with Obama’s negotiation? This is the first question. Second, what is the base? President Trump, if he really wants a normal
relation with Iran, then we have three criteria. The first criteria is a Treaty of Amity between
Iran and the U.S. signed 1955, which is for economic relations and consular rights. Yes, Iran and the U.S., they have many problem
about their citizens in Iran, in the U.S., and there is already a treaty between Iran
and the U.S. resolving all consular and citizen issues. Yes, President Trump is willing to have a
share of the nuclear deal, to have economic share, to have some share for the U.S., but
1955 treaty has defined excellent economic relations between Iran and the U.S. Iran recently has filed a lawsuit against
the new sanctions imposed by the U.S. at the International Court in Hague, based on Treaty
of Amity, 1955. When Iran is filing a lawsuit against the
U.S. based on this amity treaty, it means Iran practically recognizes this amity. Now, this can be a criteria number one for
President Trump to go back to the Treaty of Amity 1955 between Iran and the U.S. The second is 1981 accord between Iran and
the U.S. After 25 years of U.S. support for shah in
Iran, dictatorship dominating Iran, there was a revolution. Iranians took some Americans as hostages in
Iran. There was a big problem. Ultimately, Iran and the U.S. in 1981 met
each other in Algeria and they signed an accord defining how Iran and the U.S. can have normal
relations based on mutual respect and noninterference. This accord was signed between Iran and the
U.S. Right after the signature, Iran freed the
hostages and the U.S., rather than implementing this accord for a normal relation with Iran,
the U.S. cut the relation with Iran and went to support Saddam Hussein invading Iran, participated
in a war against Iran. The third criteria is the nuclear deal, signed
by the U.S., approved by United Nations Security Council. President Trump should tell Iranian which
of these treaties, agreements, accords, are going to be criteria for the future of Iran
and the U.S. I think Iran and the U.S. already they have two major accords, which really
can create a new relation, can be foundation for a new relation between Iran and the U.S.,
but President Trump should assure Iran about the basis, about the foundation, about the
criteria. The U.S. violated 1955 Treaty of Amity, the
U.S. violated 1985 accord, and the U.S. violated the nuclear deal 2015. Then what? AMY GOODMAN: What about President Trump threatening
any country that does business with Iran, saying the U.S. won’t do business with them? SEYED HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN: This is exactly what
I said, a new and unprecedented phenomenon in international relations, because the nuclear
deal has—it clearly states in the nuclear—I mean, you would see in the nuclear deal stating
that all member, all signatories are committed to facilitate normal economic relation with
Iran. Therefore, based on the nuclear deal, all
signatories—Germany, Europeans, U.K., France, Russia, China, and all other countries, including
the U.S.-which is the signatory of the deal, is responsible for facilitating normal economic
relation of other countries, between other countries and Iran. Now, the U.S. withdrew from the deal, violated
that agreement, imposed new sanctions. This is one big issue. The United Nations Security Council is violating
its own resolution, the U.N. resolution. And the second unprecedented phenomenon is
that the U.S. is pushing the other member states of United Nations Security Council
to violate United Nations Security Council resolution to stop business with Iran. Therefore, the U.S. also should say, should
tell its own people, international community—is really the United States of America responsible
for implementation of United Nations Security Council resolution or blocking of implementation
of United Nations Security Council resolutions? AMY GOODMAN: Ambassador Seyed Hossein Mousavian,
as you teach at Princeton University, what do you think is the greatest misconception
Americans have about Iran? SEYED HOSSEIN MOUSAVIAN: Iran and the U.S.,
they’ve had no relation for 40 years. Therefore, it is normal, it is natural that
there are many misunderstandings, miscalculations, misperceptions on the American side and even
on the Iranian side, to be fair. Iranians also they really cannot understand
exactly what is going on in the U.S. The realities of United States is not well-known
to Iranians. And more, the realities of Iranian domestic
situation, political situation is not known to Americans. Unfortunately, the President Trump administration
has relied on enemies of Iran like terrorist groups of MEK, in Washington, getting their
agenda from these terrorist groups. They are a terrorist group like ISIS, like
Al-Qaeda. The biggest I think misperception and misunderstanding
is that they think Iran is after destabilizing the region, while Iran is really after stabilizing
the region because a dis-stable region, Iran would be the first or among the most important
countries to suffer. Iran really has invested in Iraq and Syria
to fight ISIS in order to bring stability. Iran cooperated with the United States of
America 2005 after the U.S. announced the War on Terror and attacked Afghanistan. Iran shaked hands with the United States to
cooperate with the U.S. to fight [inaudible] and Taliban in Afghanistan. And after the fall of Saddam, practically
Iranian allies, they supported, they cooperated with the U.S. to bring a new structure in
Iraq which was based on the rule of majority, power-sharing, free election, new constitution. It was exactly what Iran and the U.S. experienced
in Afghanistan in a joint cooperation, Iran and the U.S. experienced in Iraq, in a joint
cooperation, and they have been fighting ISIS together, despite of all animosities and hostilities. Therefore, this is very important for the
United States of America to understand what a real, legitimate security concern Iran has
in the region in order to understand Iranian regional behavior. The second big misunderstanding on the U.S.
policy is that all administrations of the United States of America, they had the dual
track policy, pressure and sanction, coercion strategy, and at the same time, asking for
negotiation. They were thinking Iran would capitulate under
pressures and sanctions and they would come to the negotiation table and they would accept
whatever the United States is asking. This has been experience for 40 years by every
administration, by the Democrat and Republican, and all have failed. And now the main U.S. concern today, after
40 years of military war, economic war, political war, intelligence war, covert war, cyber war
against Iran—now the main U.S. complaint is that why Iran is the most powerful, most
influential country in the region? Now I am telling President Trump, if the United
States has experienced every coercion strategy against Iran and failed after 40 years, now
why you are going to experience again the policies which already has failed? Therefore, it is better to go back to the
treaties already signed between Iran and the U.S. AMY GOODMAN: I want to thank you so much for
being with us, Seyed Hossein Mousavian, Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist
at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Served as spokesperson for Iran in its nuclear
negotiations with the European Union from 2003 to 2005. Author of The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir
and, Iran and the United States: An Insider’s View on the Failed Past and the Road to Peace. When we come back, as more than 100 wildfires
rage across the U.S., we go to Colorado to speak with two protesters who interrupted
a speech by the most investigated secretary of the Trump administration currently sitting. That’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. They asked why he refuses to talk about the
link between fires and climate change. Stay with us.

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  • Trump started this. Bolton encouraged it and so did Pompeo. They want a regime change and will continue like they with North Korea and Venezuela.

  • Anyone will recall the US War of Aggression against Iraq: WMDs. Mushroom clouds. Charts and graphs. Preventive War…

    The anti-Iraq BS Propaganda from US Officials who brutally initiated their War of Aggression against Iraq, the undereducated American Citizenry completely accepted the Stupidity Squared notion that the United States was an "innocent victim" to come under Nuclear Attack from Saddam Hussein, that the US Government needed to initiate a massive Military Invasion of Iraq to defend the United States.

    Of course as everyone learned afterward, the Propaganda was entirely bogus and total humiliation. There were no WMDs and even if there were, the last thing that Iraq was going to do was start a War of Aggression against the most powerful Military in History. The Propaganda was designed to get the gullible American Electorate to be dumb enough to go along with a War of Aggression and not ask too many questions.

    Trump issued his infamous midnight tweets, telling Iranian Officials (with caps in the original):
    NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
    Trump was responding to a speech on Sunday delivered by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urging President Trump to “make Peace” with Iran. What was the so-called threat to which Trump was referring?! In his speech, Rouhani stated, “America should know that Peace with Iran is the mother of all Peace, and War with Iran is the mother of all Wars.”

    That’s the “threat” to which Trump was referring. It’s another bogus and Bull** excuse for another War of Aggression against a Country that has never attacked the United States nor threatened to do so.

    The fact is that the last thing that Iran wants is a War with the United States. Like Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and elsewhere, Iran is a second-rate Nation whose Military wouldn't stand a chance against the US Military. Everyone knows that a US War of Aggression against Iran, the US Military will wreak massive havoc especially against the Iranian Populace. US Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo just delivered a speech to an audience of Iranian-Americans in California that appears to be softening the groundwork. Comparing the Iranian Government to the Mafia, Pompeo labeled Iran’s leading Clerics as “hypocritical Holy Men”. Of course, never mind that a Regime that engages in formal policies of Assassination, Torture, Indefinite Detention, Coup D'Etats, and Wars of Aggression isn’t exactly “normal” either.

    Pompeo emphasized that the US Government was on the side of Iranians. As one audience member pointed out, however, that sentiment is difficult to reconcile with the US Government’s brutal System of Sanctions, which have brought tremendous Misery, Impoverishment, and even Death to Iranian Citizenry.

    More than 10 years, the US enforced a brutal System of Sanctions against Iraq, which contributed to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Children. The purpose of the Sanctions was Regime Change, one by which the Iraqi Regime would agree to comply with orders of the US or abdicate in favor of a Regime that'd follow such orders.

    After more than ten years of Sanctions, Misery, and Death among the Iraqi Children and Citizenry, it was clear that they were not going to achieve that goal. That’s when US Officials decided to use the fear generated by the September 11th 2001 Terrorist Attacks, along with the fear of bogus WMDs, to garner support for Invasion of Iraq.

    The US Sanctions against Iran are obviously encountering the same difficulty. Despite the Suffering, Impoverishment, and Death the Sanctions produced — and continue to produce — among the Iranian Citizenry, there's no results for the United States in sight.

    Trump and the Criminal Military Industrial Congressional Complex are obviously getting frustrated and impatient with the failure of their Sanctions to achieve their wants in Iran, just as George W. Bush became frustrated with the failure of their Sanctions to achieve the same wants in Iraq.

    No one should be surprised if Iran becomes another Vietnam Style War for Oil like Iraq.

  • take the knife out of my back before any deal……and i blame washington idiots

  • can i pinch his nose

  • if boltan idiots take america down.your gonna need that new world

  • they are lucky………i aint president……..because i know the threat

  • Trump is making a shamble of the alliance countries ,that support the USA 😉🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  • not one hair on their head…president jimmy carter

  • interirirelly um…..i can say alot about that too

  • Trump, Bolton and Pompeo are being totally and utterly unreasonable. If Trump gets aggressive with Iran, I believe that he will make America very unpopular. In my opinion, Trump and his cronies want régime change in Iran, and he probably wants a restoration of the Peacock Throne.

  • This whole Iranian b.s. makes me deeply ashamed to be American. The Iranian President actually sounds more intelligent and respectful than our war mongering man baby who can barely fucking read IT'S EMBARRASSING. We backed out of our own fucking deal that we made. Any court in the world will have Iran's back if they do what's right. This is so wrong on all levels IT WAS OUR OWN DEAL YOU DUMB FUCKS!

  • Hmm, let's see. America breaks the Iran Nuclear Treaty among multiple countries, and Iran must pay all kinds of damages. So now America will try to force other countries to share in the damage and injustice. Goodness, Israel is in a terrible hurry to wreck Iran before the whole shambles of its apartheid state comes apart.

  • Trump doesn't understand that words have definitions and actually mean something.

  • Iran would be foolish to even consider any negotiations with America as long as Trump regime is in power. We violated our own deal after Iran complied and so what standing do we have? NONE! It's obvious we are not trustworth while Trump/Pence regime is in power. Trump should be jailed.

  • No s**t, what the hell else is it ?

  • Amy Goodman, I am a supporter of your network and love your programs, however , you need to chose your guests carefully, Mr. Mousavi is a terrorist and he is devoted to Ayatollah khamenei, you will not get a right answer from him, he is a wrong person to interview on these issues!!!, There are many other credible guests that you can invite besides him, many Iranians watch your program and this interview is a total turn off to them, Hope you read these comments !!!!

  • Comrade Trumpski is stupid and wants to drum up a war with Iran which he thinks will take the Mueller pressure off of him. A dangerous, devious, disgusting, deluded, dishonest, depraved, despicable, disgraceful and degrading caricature of a POTUS.

    Aided & abetted by complicit cronies – Teletubbie "Tinky Winky" Pompeo and Go-Jetter "Glitch" Bolton.

    And let's not forget the warmongering Axis of Evil with Prince Salman-iac and Pariah Satan-yahu.

  • Trump is a ignorant lying liar , stupid imbecile that needs to be remove IMMEDIATELY .

  • Iran is about to become a world leader in black market economic activity. They have a path to prosperity in helping other nations avoid American global financial power.

  • thank you democracy now!!!

  • china and russia has backed the eu in keeping the existing iranian deal and so it would appear that despite what that ego manic trump does he has just shown once again that his lack of reason and logic will just alienate america even more. China and russia have had about enough of buying american debt and supporting the worthless petro dollar. All this while the amount of money america has spent on fake wars and failed regime change amounts to 75000 dollars for every man woman and child in american and the country is on it's knees with poverty crime and racism. God bless america because no one else will

  • TRUMP IS A STUPID SHITHOLE IN CHIEF IMPEACH him ARREST this CON MAN WHO SELLS HIS ORANGE ARMY AND HIS REPUBLICAN MAFIA. WW3 IS TRUMPS JOBS PLAN.TRUMP IS A MORON. 🖕💩🖕💩🐍☠☠☠

  • Iran is stupid. They won't beat Trump by saying that they have more experience! ROFL Hillary would have bombed them to the stone age and turned them into the DPRK. A vote for Trump was to try to stop Hillary from doing that, but Trump is a fool. He's going to bomb them because he doesn't know any better.

  • I’m shadow banned but this guy is getting paid by the Iranian government

  • These people will not be satisfied till there's World War 3.

  • If only you had asked Ambassador Mousavian of his role in the assassination of the Kurdish leaders at the Mykonos Restaurant in Berlin? The US lefts’ marriage with the Iranian terrorists, because of their “animosity against the US”, is absolutely disgusting.

  • It sounds like Trump is looking for a holy war and he seems like an atheist to me.

  • Donald J Trump best president ever

  • America first America first

  • Obama wanted Iran first fucking peace of shit

  • It seems so stupid to think that "President Trump" is the one who's calling the shots.

  • Our Reality, TV, President, is dying, to start a war/war's. We American's should start preparing our families's. We must prepare ourselves, to be collateral damage. That could most likely include your entire family. Our President, has already turned all of our allies, against us. Why can't his supporters realize, they're rooting for their own destruction? Our Servicemen, and Service women, currently serving abroad, he's placed huge targets on their backs. He says the NFL, don't respect our flag, or Military. Why has our President, been setting up up for a huge terror attack? WHY? BRAVO, VLADIMIR PUTIN, MONEY WELL SPENT. WHEN SELECTING SOMEONE TO CARRY OUT YOUR MISSION, YOU COULDN'T HAVE MADE A BETTER CHOICE.

  • So accroding to the Clown-in-Chief the Iran deal was a "waste" of paper – negotiations over more than 6 years (likely longer). The EU, China, Russia, Iran – engaged in serious often strained, intense negotiations. The U.S. joined later when already some progress had been made (so Europe nudged the U.S. into joining). – Iran DID make concessions.

    So Donny-Who-Knew-Healthcare-Was-Complicated shows his grasp of nuance and details again.

    But then – after making a fool of himself in the visit in U.K. – he showed off his new knowledge about U.K. vs. England vs. Great Britain. and Northerin Ireland vs. Ireland, and U.K.

    I mean the presisent cannot be expected to know such details about a major ally when he is visiting them – they should be glad he bothered to get a little bit of information later. (He must be a nightmare to brief).

  • Ok so is US and Iran going to war or not?

  • The US did not follow through with their own agreement while other nations continue to follow through. Why would Iran want to make anymore deals with a rogue country?

    The US is working very hard to isolate itself and antagonize allies. US Empire in rapid decline.

  • Avenatti 2020 !!!!

  • What about the acts of war and war crimes Iran has committed against women and children in Yemen, Palestine, hezbollah, it goes on and on. Iran dictator needs to be dealt with for what he is doing to irainians

  • Iran is pretending about being a terror regime which must never be trusted in any agreement. Trump cannot be fooled.

  • "Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations" LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

  • Iran Islamic regime has been a threat to the whole world since was established by the father of terrorism and faschist KHOMEINI , and no one has said anything because the economical benefits countries have/had in iran but now a man shows in history who has the courage to stand up in front this mischief and wants to put him in his seat we need to support him and be proud of him viva Trump

  • The world should impose sanctions on USA and move away from using US dollar for oil and other commodities. America is a serial abuser constantly violating the sovereignty of other countries, manipulating their politics, causing wars and responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people.

  • how can you talk for 26min on this topic and not even mention israel?

  • America can not be trusted to keep any deals it makes. The two faced nature of American diplomacy is like that of your phony allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel. You can not be trusted. Your real allies in Europe, have learned to distrust you. There is a very real and very high price for the sincere distrust created by two republican presidents in a row. Bush's lies and games have not been forgotten. Trump's games and lies are never going to be forgotten.

    You have worked hard for your very bad rep. You are now reaping the rewards for your corruption and diplomatic instability. Have fun with that, America. Don't believe that one good election is going to save you this time. You did that once and then voted for another dishonest, corrupt, and this time even traitorous republican.

    Screw America . You can not be trusted an inch.

  • All criminals are together: US, UK, Israkill, Saudi, war industry, weapon sales, cluster bomb killing innocent children,shame on US slaves of Israkill

  • UN Resolution is BS

  • Theocracy is the only legitimate form of government. All others place the law of man above the Law of God, raising man above God. God Bless the Islamic Republic of Iran!

  • Islamic Republic of against Iran
    TIME TO CHANGE
    TIME IS NOW

  • The best outcome of the Trump era would be a massive trade war and economic recession that reduces GDP and CO2 and greenhouse gasses.

  • Here are two documentaries that everyone should watch (it`s especially important that Americans see this):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6B5jMXZ4PvY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dP0-YohJR-g

  • typical socialists. taking side with a murderous, religious fascist and anti-women regime. nothing new. the regime got billions of dollars after the deal and none of that was given to the iranian people. the regime fueled wars and terror in yemen, afghanestan, lebenon and gaza and syria with that. the regime activities there increased after the deal.

  • Iran should leave the Iran deal and close the strait of Hormuz

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