UN Iranian Nuclear Deal Crumbling As Organization Launches Another Global Initiative
Iran Continues To Walk Away From Nuclear Deal Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal argued it would result in improved relations with Iran that would temporarily derail the nation’s nuclear weapons program. But every week, Iran is walking farther away from the deal and toward a more hardline approach. Last week, Iran accused the US of undermining the deal by working to hamper Iran’s access to international banking and financial assets.
While many European and American companies have traveled to Tehran hoping to capitalize on the lifting of sanctions, financial institutions and banks largely have remained reluctant to extend capital to Iran, which Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said was a sign the US was working against it.
“In Western countries and places which are under U.S. influence, our banking transactions and the repatriation of our funds from their banks face problems … because (banks) fear the Americans. The U.S. Treasury … acts in such a way that big corporations, big institutions and big banks do not dare to come and deal with Iran,” Khamenei said, according to Reuters.
Khamenei continued this week to step away from a position of backing diplomacy, remarking one day before the beginning of the global nuclear summit in Washington, DC that Iran’s future is not in further deals, but in a stronger military.
“Those who say the future is in negotiations, not in missiles, are either ignorant or traitors,” Khamenei said on his website, The Wall Street Journal reports.
“If the Islamic Republic seeks negotiations but has no defensive power, it would have to back down against threats from any weak country,” he added.
His rhetoric is matched with recent actions which indicate Iran is not fully committed to carrying through with the letter or the spirit of the nuclear agreement.
Iran carried out several missile tests earlier this month, which the US, and its European allies said in a letter this week violated a United Nations Security Council resolution that endorsed last year’s historic nuclear deal, according to The Associated Press.
Last week, former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, had indicated he backed a more moderate tone, saying that Iran’s “future is in dialogue, not missiles”.
Russia has come to Iran’s defense by stating its belief that the tests did not violate the treaty and would block any actions to hold Iran to account. In response, the Obama administration has started to investigate other possible avenues to place a check on Tehran’s actions, U.S. News & World Report says.
Although the nuclear deal appears to be fracturing with the passage of each day, the United Nations is preparing to launch another huge initiative to deal with the humanitarian challenge facing the global community.
Since 2007, the number of armed conflicts has risen from four to 2011. And the total number of deaths from terrorism last year rose by 80 percent, to close to 37,000, the largest yearly increase in the last 15 years, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace.
To meet this challenge will require a new global partnership to prevent violent conflict, reduce humanitarian need, and sustain peace, according to recommendations made by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in his recent report for the World Humanitarian Summit. Ironically, the summit will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, a nation torn by political dissent and burdened by the refugee crisis.
“The urgency of these challenges and the scale of the suffering mean we must accept our shared responsibilities and act decisively, with compassion and resolve. The World Humanitarian Summit is the moment for us to come together to renew our commitment to humanity and the unity and cooperation required to prevent and end crisis and reduce people suffering and vulnerability,” said Moon in a statement made upon the release of the report.