Pelosi: Trump Administration ‘Completely Wrong’ on Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi described the Trump administration’s general approach toward Iran, including Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA, as “completely wrong”.
“The vice president is an articulate spokesperson for his point of view, which I think on the subject of Iran is completely wrong. And he did not get much response to it here I’m happy to say,” Pelosi said on Monday in an interview with MSNBC.
She was apparently referring to US Vice President Mike Pence’s calls for Europeans to follow the Trump Administrations exit from the 2015 deal between Tehran and world powers during his recent speeches in two conferences in Europe, one in Warsaw and the other in Munich.
Asked if the Trump’s policy is creating a breach between US and its closest allies, she answered, “I certainly hope not. Hopefully, we have enough common ground. I do think that it would be important though that before pulling out of Syria and pulling out of the nuclear treaty that he would consult with our allies out of respect for their point of view.”
In May 2018, the US president pulled his country out of the JCPOA, the nuclear deal that was achieved in Vienna in 2015 after years of negotiations among Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany).
Following the US exit, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord.
In late January, the three EU signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal set up INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges), a payment channel to help continue trade with Tehran and bypass the US sanctions.
INSTEX will be based in Paris and be managed by a German banking expert. Britain will head the supervisory board.
The European countries are reportedly going to use the channel initially only to sell food, medicine and medical devices in Iran.