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What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me, Donald Trump.
What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me, Donald Trump.

Iran/USA antagonistic behavior escalates as fears of oil price skyrocketing looms.

In what many view as Donald Trump’s own ‘laboratory experiment’ with Iran, on account of his May 9, 2018 withdrawal from Obama’s orchestrated Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action calling it decaying and rotten, a deal that was put in place in July 2015 by the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States – plus Germany) to among other things, deter Iran from pursuing nuclear program ambitions, US/IRAN relations have since taken a deterioration trajectory drastically and dangerously with the US calling for the renegotiation of the deal. He has since been luring IRAN to the negotiation table.  The recent US drown downing by IRAN being one of the most recent waste face offs in the already sour relationship.

At the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Council address on 25 September 2018, US President Donald Trump defended his abandoning of the Iran Nuclear deal in his speech accusing Iranian leaders of sowing chaos, death and destruction; a situation he claimed was not good. But at the same venue, in his speech Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, accused the United States Trump’s administration of pushing to secure his interest better – “through fomenting of extremist nationalism and racism, and through xenophobic tendencies resembling a Nazi disposition as well as through trampling of global rules and undermining institutional institutions; even though preposterous and abnormal acts such as convening a high level meeting of the Security Council.

 President Rouhani told the gathering that President Trump’s administration – seems determined to render all international institutions ineffectual, withdrawn from a multilateral agreement adopted by the Security Council, in contravention of the rules and norms of international law, invites the Islamic Republic of Iran to bilateral talks. He accused Trump’s administration of inviting Iran to engage in talks, is not ready to consult its own experts nor willing to recognize the requirements of a modern state, including the paramount principle of continuity of state responsibility, and hence openly violates state obligations undertaken by its predecessor.

“The approach of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of foreign policy has been based on multilateralism and compliance with the recognized principles of international law. Our respect for the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the long and difficult negotiations with the Group of 5+1, which led to the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—the JCPOA—illustrates a clear manifestation of this approach’, he added.            

We are pleased that the international community did not acquiesce to the US government’s unilateral and illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA, and adopted a categorical position vis-à-vis that decision. The JCPOA is the outcome of more than a decade of diplomatic efforts and a period of intensive negotiations to resolve an artificial crisis. This document was unanimously approved by Security Council resolution 2231 and codified into an international obligation. According to this resolution, all countries and international and regional organizations were called upon to support the implementation of the JCPOA, and to refrain from any actions that undermine implementation of commitments under the JCPOA.

Read the full Donald Trump 73rd UN congressional Speech here.

Listen to Hassan Rouhani 73rd UN congressional Speech here.

Mr. Trump took to tweeter on July 23, 2018 where he warned IRAN of what he termed as Dire Consequences. The tweet read To Iranian President Rouhani: 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!

This was in response to Tehran’s threats that suggested the possibility of disruption of regional oil shipments if its own exports were blocked by United States sanctions.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump had said that he wanted Iranians to call him, amid escalating tensions, reports indicates.  

“What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday, May 9 2019.

“What they should be doing is calling me up, sitting down and we can make a deal, a fair deal,” Trump said. “We just don’t want them to have nuclear weapons. It’s not too much to ask. And we would help put them back into great shape.”

Meanwhile the Unites States Trump’s administration as on May 9 2019 deployed an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to reinforce an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers already in the Gulf, intensifying pressure on Iran. This, the Trump Administration said, was so as to respond to indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces and its interests in the region.

“What they should be doing is calling me up, sitting down and we can make a deal, a fair deal,” Trump said. “We just don’t want them to have nuclear weapons. It’s not too much to ask. And we would help put them back into great shape.”

The department of defense claims that The United States does not seek conflict with Iran, but we are postured and ready to defend US forces and interests in the region.

In the work of these US maneuvers in the gulf, Tehran issued a warning on May 25, 2019 that IRAN  would sink US warships, kill all crew and bring down fighter jets.

June 14, 2019 a patrol boat was spotted approaching a ship called the Kokuka Courageous loaded with Iranian sailors, thought to be members of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, purported to be removing an unexploded limpet mine from the hull of the ship. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo alleged that the Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair had been targeted by explosives meant to sabotage them hours earlier in what he termed “unprovoked attacks” by Iran on June 13th but Iran denied the allegations.

Another incident in just over a month some tankers were damaged in the Gulf. On May 12th four ships anchored off Fujairah, a port in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), had holes blown in their hulls.  The US preliminary investigation suggested Iran was behind this too but Tehran denied it.

The latest explosions caused so much damage that the crew was made to abandon both ships as they were underway. The happenings in in the Gulf could send world oil prices trigger an upward trend. Reports suggest that one-fifth of the world’s supply travels through the Strait of Hormuz, an important chokepoint for international shipping. Meanwhile Forbes reported that Oil prices rose sharply Monday May, 13 morning before they dropped in reaction to new Chinese tariffs. The incident stoked fears that the safe passage of oil might be impeded in the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf.

Although Tehran have denied having any hand in the oil tankers sabotage in the gulf including the latest Japanese Kokuka, they have however confirmed the downing of the US drone they claim was spying in what they call their flight space.

This latest escalation got Donald Trump tweeting,

“…On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it,” Trump wrote on Friday morning. “Not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry.”

in a supposedly retaliatory stunt. Pressure is mounting on him to show Tehran that no one messes with the United States. All this happening as Iran puts the drone ruble on National TV.

Meanwhile the world is left wondering on what the outcome of this ‘cho chise’ between the United State and Iran will be as other progressive countries embark on quiet diplomacy to save the situation as war games continue. In all this, all Trump wants is a renegotiation, but Rouhani maintains that he already brokered a better deal with the P5+1, and was wondering what Trump was talking about. All eyes on the Gulf.

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