‘JCPOA Plus’, is an expression that Iran’s state-run daily Javan has used in its December 7 edition to describe the upcoming events surrounding Iran’s nuclear case.
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which the U.S. withdrew from in 2018, is known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
‘JCPOA Plus’ means adding a new JCPOA or adding new partners to the current JCPOA. The newspaper wrote in a mocking and biting tone, which indicates the current miserable situation of Iran:
“The JCPOA has reached a point where claimants for joining it are growing from East Asia to West Asia and from there to southern Europe.
“An event that might completely destroy this brain-dead agreement. On Saturday, Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdul Latif bin Rashid al-Zayani said that any amendment to the Iran nuclear deal should include aspects that have raised concerns in the region.
“An hour later, it was reported that the Japanese also wanted to be the seventh country to join negotiations with Iran. Aside from the Persian Gulf Arabs and the Zionist regime (Israel), some time ago, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Mayo said in an envelope that he wanted to join the talks with Iran.
“At the same time, the Spaniards secretly have the same desire. Apparently only Transnistria which is not independent to apply for accession to the negotiations or consideration,” Javan wrote.
These nervous stances are a clear acknowledgment of the fact that even in the event of a possible new negotiation on the JCPOA, things will not turn on their heels.
The world now realizes that appeasement in the face of Iran’s unbridled terrorism and its nuclear agenda will hurt the interests of all countries, the clerical dictatorship’s opponents argue.
It is not possible to get rid of the threats of this dictatorship by giving consecutive concessions. The global sensitivity and consensus about the JCPOA indicate that the ayatollahs are facing a rocky path to keep this ‘brain-dead agreement’ (JCPOA) alive.
Meanwhile, the concern of Iran’s neighboring countries, which have tasted Tehran’s state-sponsored terrorism in their countries much more, is greater than other countries, Iran watchers say. More than ever, they feel that they must stand up to terrorism and push back the ayatollahs’ nuclear ambitions.
This, first of all, reflects the fragile and down-to-earth situation of the clerical dictatorship in the regional equation.
“Primarily what we expect is that we are fully consulted, that we and our other regional friends are fully consulted in what goes on vis-a-vis the negotiations with Iran,” Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said on Saturday.
“The only way towards reaching an agreement that is sustainable is through such consultation,” he said on the sidelines of a security conference in Manama, Bahrain.
“I think we’ve seen as a result of the after-effects of the JCPOA that not involving the regional countries results in a build-up of mistrust and neglect of the issues of real concern and of real effect on regional security,” he added.
The Saudi Foreign Minister also opposed the plan to revive the JCPOA, arguing that the agreement did not cover all issues related to Iran’s nuclear and other activities. He noted that in recent years, the country has been linked to numerous missile and drone strikes.
An agreement beyond the JCPOA must stop Iran’s missile program in addition to its nuclear program and end the terrorist dictatorship’s support for its proxy forces in the region, many Iran experts argue.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has also stressed his distrust of the regime, saying that the previous agreement was not enough. Maas has called for a new, international nuclear agreement with Tehran.
In such contexts, the Javan daily notes with concern and despair the position of the Russian ambassador in Vienna, saying:
“Any new nuclear deal with Iran would take many years and is still unclear that it would reach a conclusion.”
It can thus be said that what was adopted in the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) under the title of ‘Strategic Action Plan for the Lifting of Sanctions’ has created new troubles and ills for this dictatorship searching for a nuclear bomb. This is a bottleneck that will get tighter over time.