According to Julie Bishop, Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia, the US President threatening to cancel the Iran nuclear agreement might jeopardize all efforts for negotiating a favorable deal with North Korea.
Donald Trump had taken a vow during his presidential campaigning that he would scrap the agreement. However, the issue was recently brought up to the Congress with the demand that it should either devise a better approach or the decision to cancel it will be followed through.
Bishop’s warning to the White House
Ms. Bishop is supporting the stand that canceling the agreement could badly damage the efforts that have been made for negotiating the nuclear program with North Korea. While continuing to remain diplomatic, she definitely seems to be putting subtle pressure on the White House with regards to avoiding this ‘self-defeating’ act, an act which has the personal involvement of the US President.
She reported that Iran was quick to come forward and question North Korea sitting down and having any discussions with America (like it did) when the US feels that it could conveniently ignore a deal that was part of a resolution drafted by the UN Security Council.
The agreement in question is termed as ‘Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’ and was signed during the office tenure of Obama. It also included France, China, Russia, Germany, and Britain. This agreement allowed the lifting of numerous global economic sanctions for Iran if it stopped the production of ammunition-grade fissile matter for fifteen years.
A big NO to scrapping the deal
According to the intelligence agencies in the United States, Iran has managed to adhere to its part of the agreement. However, Trump argues that Tehran violated the deal by running a test on ballistic missiles.
Bishop was previously vocal about her country’s opposition to canceling the agreement too. But her recent comment on North Korea has dramatically strengthened her stand. The remaining five nations, which are part of the agreement, also feel that Trump should avoid scrapping the deal.
Further, Bishop said that China was ready to scrap oil from North Korea and this could be the ace which could compel Kim Jong-un to finally negotiate. She said that it would be quite disappointing if Trump did not participate in the East Asia Summit during his upcoming Asia trip. However, Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State, will likely attend the event in case the President gives it a miss.