Following the US pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which revolves around the monitoring of Iran’s civilian nuclear program, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran has threatened to react to President of the United States, Donald Trump’s attempts to undercut his country’s exports of oil by refusing to cooperate with ongoing UN inspections of its nuclear facilities. The US warned nations currently importing oil from Iran to desist from doing so as of November 4, 2018, threatening to extend sanctions to those violating this warning.
In retaliation to this attempt to undercut Iran’s sovereignty, President Rouhani met with the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, and said, “It is Iran that would decide on its level of cooperation with the IAEA,” as reported by the IRNA, an Iranian state news agency. Adding to this, it was a commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards had made a statement saying that in light of US sanctions aimed at disrupting oil exports of Iran, the same would be down to neighbouring countries on the Arabian peninsula if they attempted to bring their vessels through the Strait of Hormuz.
In what looks like a stand-off that could see nations of the world urging a return to the table to resolve the state of the JCPOA which had come very far since it was first initiated, in spite of the apparent belligerence of the US President, it remains to be seen how this matter will find resolution, as it will also indicate to other countries standing up against the US and its policies about how exactly to go about their attempts.