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Iran is merely pretending that it needs to be persuaded not to increase enrichment.

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Submitted by Anon. (United States), May 15, 2018 at 15:19

It's only natural that it would pretend and threaten to increase enrichment if Europe doesn't comply with its demands, but it's an empty, hollow threat. Ehud Barak, in an interview immediately after Trump's announcement, predicted Iran may well stick to the terms of the deal and not deviate even an inch, for fear of giving Trump an excuse to destroy their nuclear facilities.

And the next day, Donald Trump explicitly threatened "very serious consequences" should Iran resume enrichment. Iran will not be able to risk such a response, so even if Europe were to refuse to offer any guarantees and countless planned investments and purchases were to fall through, Iran would be unlikely to resume enrichment. If it even begins moving in that direction, Trump will instantly make them regret it, which would ensure they wouldn't take further steps. At the end of the day, America is a superpower and Trump doesn't mind putting it on a collision course with Iran.


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Iran is merely pretending that it needs to be persuaded not to increase enrichment. [161 words]Anon.May 15, 2018 15:19242943

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