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Jan032018

DN!: Trump may use Iranian protests as pretext to further undermine Iran Nuclear Deal

As reported by Democracy Now! in a segment entitled "Trump's Vow to Support Iran Opposition Carries 'No Credibility' as Demonstrations Enter Sixth Day."

DN!'s introduction to the interview states:

As anti-government demonstrations enter their second week in Iran and spread to several key cities, President Donald Trump tweeted it’s ”TIME FOR CHANGE!” and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley called for an emergency meeting to discuss the developments. “Despite the attention that these anti-government protesters have gotten over the past week, there was no indication … that this was a repeat of 2009. … This was not a mass uprising,” says Tehran-based reporter Reza Sayah. We also speak with Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, who notes a new budget deal in Iran’s parliament that would cut government payments to the poor and raise fuel prices 50 percent was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” prior to the protests. (emphasis added)

It was Parsi who, midway through the interview, speaks to the risk that President Trump will use these protests in Iran in an attempt to further undermine the Iran Nuclear Deal. Trump has a deadline coming up in just over a week, requiring recertification of Iran's compliance with the Deal. As Parsi points out, ironically enough, if Trump refuses to acknowledge Iran's compliance, despite its clear compliance, that would then put the United States in non-compliance with its end of the Deal.

Parsi is the author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy, just published on August 1, 2017.