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Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal gives Europe a choice: become vassals or be independent

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In abruptly withdrawing the US from the international nuclear treaty, Trump warned that his administration was preparing to re-impose harsh sanctions on Tehran, and that those sanctions would also hit European commercial interests in Iran.

The American president’s high-handed manner was to be expected towards Iran. He has constantly denigrated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed in July 2015 by his predecessor Barack Obama, along with other members of the UN Security Council, Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany. Trump’s contempt for Iran as an alleged state terrorism sponsor has also been relentless.

But what stood out more in his dismissal of the nuclear deal this week was Trump’s brazen disregard for European allies.

Britain, France and Germany, as well as the European Union as a bloc, have pleaded with Trump to stay in the JCPOA. Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel both made separate visits to the White House to appease Trump and his threats to rip up the accord.

Trump’s unilateral abrogation of the international treaty not only shows disdain for European concerns. Moreover, the accompanying warning of American penalties on European firms doing business with Iran is a devastating illustration of Washington’s bullying attitude. Do as we say, or feel pain.

Within hours of Trump torpedoing the Iran deal, his hawkish National Advisor John Bolton was telling European companies they were on notice to cancel investment plans in Iran. The threat was reiterated by the new US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, who bluntly admonished German firms to “immediately” start winding down business operations in Iran.

The boorish manner of the Trump administration left European politicians shell-shocked as the facade of transatlantic........

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