President Donald Trump dismantled Obama’s mess in the Iran deal. And the world is better for it.
But the European Union disregarded Trump. Some have tried to maintain relationships with Iran, while the U.S. puts more pressure on the rogue regime. But now the EU sees the light and sides with Trump.
As Fox News reports, the European ambassadors joined in expressing their concern:
U.K. Ambassador Karen Pierce called the actions “part and parcel of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.” Her comments echo U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who said Saturday that he was “deeply concerned by Iran’s actions,” even as he reiterated support for the nuclear deal. “Provocative, threatening and inconsistent with UNSCR 2231. Our support for JCPoA in no way lessens our concern at Iran’s destabilising missile programme and determination that it should cease,” he tweeted.
Iran’s missile test shows desperation, and reminds me of how Kim Jong-Un behaved for a while.
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Under Obama, whenever Kim got to the point of desperation, he tested missiles and the world came running. Not to chastise the rogue North Korean, but to give him more goodies. Obama’s policies made Kim believe the more he threatened, the more he got.
Then came Donald Trump.
Trump took an entirely different tact with Kim, calling him out on his tactics. Many in America and around the world criticized Trump’s approach, calling it “childish”. But Trump proved them wrong.
While we are far from a denuclearized North Korea, we are much closer than we’ve ever been since they acquired nuclear weapons. By the way, it was Bill Clinton’s lack of vision and leadership that allowed North Korea to acquire the technology and materials to build their nuclear program.
President Trump knows history. More importantly he learns from history. Thus, he took a different tact with North Korea. And as we await the next steps, what Kim knows is Trump won’t change his mind, nor will he back down.
Iran realizes this as well. And we finally see the world take notice of Trump’s strong leadership.
Dutch Ambassador Karel van Oosterom said of Iran’s launch,
“This kind of ballistic missile activity is inconsistent with the JCPoA , especially Annex B which calls on Iran not to engage in these kinds of activities.”
Next, French Ambassador François Delattre avowed the test was “inconsistent” with the resolution, urging Iran to “immediately cease any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be able to carry nuclear weapons, including launches using ballistic missile technology.”
We have far to go to change the course of decades of feckless leadership in Europe. But no doubt the election of Trump changed the trajectory quite a bit.
On Tuesday, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley commented,
“The United States has repeatedly warned the world about Iran’s deliberate efforts to destabilize the Middle East and defy international norms. The international community cannot keep turning a blind eye every time Iran blatantly ignores Security Council resolutions. If the Security Council is serious about holding Iran accountable and enforcing our resolutions, then at a minimum we should be able to deliver a unanimous condemnation of this provocative missile test.”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) put the blame assuredly where it belongs.
“The United States has only begun to reverse the damage done by Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, which gave the Ayatollahs the resources and diplomatic breathing room to build more and better ballistic missiles. The last round of sanctions, while important, clearly failed to deter Iran from advancing their missile program. It’s time to totally cut off Iran from the global financial system and deny them the resources they’re using to threaten us and our allies.”
From protests in France to invaders in Mexico, the Trump effect shows. The French shouted, “We want Trump!”, and the Mayor of Tijuana sported his MAGA-like hat. Clearly, these influences occur because the world watches Trump’s unwavering commitment to his campaign promises.
Finally, the world is on the course to peace.