by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - France, Britain, and Germany, the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, held the Islamic Republic to its commitments as outlined in the deal this week in spite of recent threats from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to resume high-level enrichment of uranium.
“If these commitments were not respected, naturally this question,” of whether the EU, Britain, France, and Germany ought to join the U.S. in placing sanctions on the Islamic Republic, “would be asked,” France’s Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Wednesday, her firm posture echoed by a joint statement from the European powers on Thursday that “reject[ed] any ultimatums” coming from the Iranian side.
The Iranian economy, according to a statement issued by President Trump the same day, is virtually in danger of collapsing after the U.S.’s decision to levy sanctions against Iranian metal exports, the second highest source of revenue in its economy after oil, for which the US has already revoked customer waivers in a bid to put a 10 billion dollar dent in the rogue nation’s petroleum profits.
"Because of our action, the Iranian regime is struggling to fund its campaign of violent terror as its economy heads into an unprecedented depression, government revenue dries up, and inflation spirals out of control," Trump’s statement read on Wednesday.
Fears that the increasingly cornered Islamic regime might lash out at U.S. forces in the region through its Shi’ite proxy armies were met this week by a heavy show of US military force, with the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group deployed to the Persian Gulf and four B-52 Stratofortress bombers ordered to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.