Former Obama officials to EU: Recall ambassadors, expel U.S. diplomats over Trump’s JCPOA pull-out

Former Obama officials to EU: Recall ambassadors, expel U.S. diplomats over Trump’s JCPOA pull-out
Obama meets with national security principals in the Situation Room in 2014. (Image: The Obama White House)

[Ed. – Side note: these guys have been “former Obama officials” (NSC staff) for more than 4 years.  They seem to joint-publish fairly often.]

After months of swaggering hesitation, President Trump finally announced the United States’ withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, to which Britain, France, Russia, China, Germany and the European Union are also parties. This action tramples on European leaders, who urged Mr. Trump to exercise restraint in the interest of international security and multilateralism. …

The European Union could, for instance, announce the withdrawal of member-states’ ambassadors from the United States. Isn’t this what states do when diplomatic partners breach solemn agreements, expose them to security risks and threaten to wreak havoc on their economies? That is, after all, what the administration is threatening to do by courting the risk of a Middle Eastern war and applying secondary sanctions to European companies. Depending on the American response, European capitals might even follow up with expulsion of American ambassadors.

It would be hard to fault these moves as irresponsible…

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