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Das Atomabkom­men war von An­fang an nicht per­fekt. Das Bestreben der Trump-regierung, es scheit­ern zu lassen, kön­nte allerd­ings ver­heerende Fol­gen haben.

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Com­ment from the English-speak­ing world

Three years ago, The Guardian wel­comed the Iran nu­clear deal as a tri­umph of diplo­macy. Though scep­tics doubted its value, Iran has com­plied with its terms — surely a vin­di­ca­tion of the pa­tient, painful work in­vested in it. Yet the agree­ment has never had a chance to fully ma­ture; and now it is on life sup­port, in the words of one ex­pert. Don­ald Trump’s vis­ceral hos­til­ity to any suc­cess at­tached to Barack Obama’s name, and the hawk­ish­ness of those around him, made Amer­ica’s with­drawal this spring all but in­evitable. Now the US ad­min­is­tra­tion has reim­posed blan­ket sanc­tions and will turn up the heat again in Novem­ber with bank­ing and oil re­stric­tions.

The re­sis­tance of the EU and es­pe­cially the “E3” sig­na­to­ries (Ger­many, France and the UK) is wel­come. The ques­tion is whether it can save the deal. No one sug­gests that it is per­fect — but it was the best reach­able. Now the cir­cum­stances are worse: Iran is a stronger force in the re­gion and the mod­er­ate pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani has lost cred­i­bil­ity do­mes­ti­cally be­cause the deal barely sur­vives. So few be­lieve that an im­proved agree­ment is in sight, and though the US ad­min­is­tra­tion de­nies that its real goal is en­gi­neer­ing regime change, both its com­ments and ac­tions sug­gest oth­er­wise.

The Ira­nian regime is guilty of grotesque hu­man rights abuses at home... But sanc­tions are no way to sup­port the le­git­i­mate de­mands of the Ira­nian peo­ple, who are al­ready strug­gling. The rial has halved in value since April. The prices of es­sen­tial goods, in­clud­ing medicines, have shot up. This year has al­ready seen demon­stra­tions un­prece­dented since the 1979 rev­o­lu­tion: spurred by anger over is­sues rang­ing from high prices to wa­ter short­ages. Other protesters — such as the women re­sist­ing the com­pul­sory hi­jab rules — are frus­trated at the lack of so­cial and po­lit­i­cal free­doms, due to the supreme leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei’s ut­ter in­tran­si­gence . ...

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