Iran says 'idiotic' new US sanctions shut doors of diplomacy

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  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2019 11:01 a.m.

    No agreement to be enforced because we abandoned the agreement. Sad.

  • 4601 Salt Lake City, UT
    June 26, 2019 8:57 a.m.

    Diplomacy? For years that span Democrat and Republican administrations Iran has branded the US as the great Satan, they want to destroy Israel, dominate the Middle East and extend their fundamentalist influence into Africa. If Iran wants diplomacy they should stop sponsoring terrorism, give up nuclear weapons as a foreign policy and joint the community of nations that is trying to better the world.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    June 25, 2019 7:33 p.m.

    It’s pretty obvious that the Iranians have never been into diplomacy... they are only interested in getting their way and supporting terrorists throughout the world

  • wgirl , 00
    June 25, 2019 7:23 p.m.

    Pray tell, what is it Trump has actually accomplished with Iran?? Did he broker a new multi-lateral treaty? Has Iran decided to play nice? What??

    Some posters are claiming that Trump knows what he is doing, but what is it he is doing??

    All I’ve seen is bluster, threats, capitulation, and flip-flopping.

    Sure, he can knock all the other kids’ block towers down, but what has he built?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    June 25, 2019 6:26 p.m.

    @geekusprimus - Little Elm, TX
    June 25, 2019 5:15 p.m.

    You wrote: "As much as I tend to dislike Trump, his policies, and his brash demeanor, I'm starting to think he's onto something."

    Thank you for actually looking at what Trump is doing instead of blindly bashing him like so many others do. Trump is getting things done. That bothers the Left. Trump takes no nonsense from terrorists. That bothers the Left. Trump is making America great again. That bothers the Left. Trump is securing our borders. That bothers the Left. And so it goes.

    Those who use logic instead of infantile tantrums can clearly see that Trump knows what he is doing. Iran committed an act of war. Trump knows how to handle that without loss of American lives and without loss of innocent Iranians. Apparently, that too bothers the Left.

  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2019 6:24 p.m.

    Utefan60: “He has violated the treaty that our allies made.”

    Incorrect. The JCPoA was not a treaty it was an agreement made by the Obama administration. An actual treaty would have to go through the Senate. Because this was only an agreement, it was within Trump’s rights to withdraw. He ran very vocally on withdrawing and was elected.

    The deal was fatally flawed. The sunset provisions provided a pathway for Iran to get nuclear weapons. That’s unacceptable. It did nothing to address their ballistic missile program and it didn’t allow inspections at military sites. Hello? And most importantly it did nothing to address Iran’s proxy wars against us and others.

    After the deal, Iran became more belligerent. It helped President Bashar al-Assad slaughter his own citizens. In Lebanon and Palestine, Iraq and Yemen, it has continued to arm brutal proxy fighters. It intensified its ballistic-missile program and its cyberattacks against the U.S.

    Now that Iran is cash-starved they have pulled back from most of their proxy wars and they have told there terror orgs to find their own funding. The JCPoA was a band aid on a severely infected wound. Better to deal with it sooner than later.

  • geekusprimus Little Elm, TX
    June 25, 2019 5:15 p.m.

    Think about the diplomacy game that has been played for decades with every nation that thinks about nuclear weapons: we warn, we sanction, and we threaten these nations not to develop nuclear weapons, and then we capitulate when they do so that we don't start a nuclear war. What does that say to these countries? Get nuclear weapons and suddenly you have a major bargaining chip for anything you could possibly want. Our nuclear non-proliferation policy, evidently, doesn't work.

    As much as I tend to dislike Trump, his policies, and his brash demeanor, I'm starting to think he's onto something.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    June 25, 2019 4:13 p.m.

    bamafone - Salem, UT, I'm not siding with this leader of a country as I said in my comments. . I am however like most patriotic, honest, educated, and decent Americans agreeing with his assessment of the current occupant of the White House. He has violated the treaty that our allies made.

    May I suggest you do some research on Iran. We have had hundreds of Iranian students at the University of Utah. They have made up a sizable population of higher graduates. Maybe if you did any little bit of research about others and their countries, you would know this.

    Going to war against Iran is yet again a huge mistake that our allies do not want.. Again easy research.

    Trump alone has undone a treaty that could have been built upon. He defeated any chance of negotiation due to his tantrums and name calling.

    Again, educated, and honest Americans know we have to work with other countries in this world. We can not constantly threaten everyone that we disagree with.

    Now tell me if what the leader of Iran said is not true? Everything he said about Trump was actually fact. No matter what the source.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    June 25, 2019 3:35 p.m.

    worf claims with no evidence that:
    "Iran was not looking for diplomacy. They were colluding with John Kerry and Barack Obama a couple days before they shot down the US Drone."

    I can't find a single article from the right or the left, so this must come from the tinfoil hat division of deep state radio.

    Besides we've all been informed for a couple years now that "colluding" isn't a crime. Right worf, you've repeated man, many times.

    Nope this is on donald and his inept leadership.

  • GingerMarshall Brooklyn, OH
    June 25, 2019 2:07 p.m.

    “While you were in class Iran called Trump retarded so he threatened to nuke them” is not some I ever expected to hear.

    But here we are.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    June 25, 2019 1:47 p.m.

    Iran was not looking for diplomacy.

    They were colluding with John Kerry and Barack Obama a couple days before they shot down the US Drone.

    That is not proper diplomacy as neither are government representatives.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    June 25, 2019 1:31 p.m.

    Ute fan siding with a brutal murdering exporter of terror lol. Think I’m going with Trump on this one.

  • Harrison Bergeron Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2019 1:11 p.m.

    Rouhani: "The useless sanctioning of Islamic Revolution Supreme Leader (Khamenei) and the commander of Iranian diplomacy means closing the doors of diplomacy by the U.S.'
    If it’s useless then why are you so upset about it?

    Rouhani: "Trump's government is annihilating all the established international mechanisms for keeping peace and security in the world."

    This is hilarious. The irony of this statement is just rich! Would “keeping peace and security in the world” involve your country fighting a proxy war through terror organizations with the USA and all of the Middle East Mr. Rouhani? Do those “established mechanisms” mean the USA gives you pallets of money to fund those terror organizations Mr. Rouhani?

    You really miss those good old days of the JCPoA where you harassed our ships, took crews hostage, paraded them crying on your TV to humiliate them and funded terror operations around the world. Are those the “international mechanisms of peace and security” you long for Mr. Rhouani?

    In the words of someone who shares your hatred for Trump: “You're not having a terrible, terrible dream. Also, you're not dead and you haven't gone to hell. This is your life now.”

  • David Centerville, UT
    June 25, 2019 12:51 p.m.

    Those critical of Trump for leaving the deal with Iran are short sighted. Iran agreed to not pursue nuclear weapons for a period of time, after which they could build nuclear weapons, assuming they would not secretly build such weapons during the deal period. Additionally, the deal was not deterring Iran's funding, sponsorship and involvement in terrorist actions throughout the world, and specifically in the Middle East. Obama created the allusion of peace with Iran, but Iran remained a threat to the region and to American interests. Obama was not a great negotiator, and failed with the terrible Iran deal.

  • wgirl , 00
    June 25, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    After years of sanctions, the U.S. finally brought Iran to the negotiating table. We managed to broker a deal with them. They were keeping up their end of the bargain. Then Trump came along and destroyed it all.

    He isn't a "stable genius" because he has imposed tariffs. They are not a new idea.

    If Trump didn't think that Obama's deal was good enough, he should have added to it - not destroyed it. The Iranians that convinced their countrymen to sit down with the U.S. and to abide by the terms of the treaty now look foolish. Trump's rhetoric has united the Iranians against us once again. Why would that trust us now? With all his back-and-forths and flip-flopping why would they ever trust Trump?

    He is making a huge mess of this. The consequences are no joke.

  • The Great Helmsman Salt Lake City, UT
    June 25, 2019 10:47 a.m.

    Everybody is talking about it. Really. These are major, major sanctions. I’ve seen this, and I’ve sort of witnessed it—in fact, in two cases I have actually witnessed it . . . these a major, big sanctions. Biggest ever.

    These are high-energy sanctions, let’s face it. We don’t need low energy sanctions. We need lots of energy sanctions.

    Everyone is now saying . . .

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    June 25, 2019 10:36 a.m.

    If and when thousands of innocent people die and the US spends billions for another Middle East folly will people still applaud ripping up an agreement and agitating Iran for something they couldn't explain? Iran has good reason to distrust and protect their self interests from a country who is being aggressive and not abiding by an international agreement that was just signed a few years ago. Bottom line is Trump alone dissolved the agreement and if he isn't able to get a new one, and war is started, it will totally be on his own hands. Once the Genie is out of the bottle their is no putting it back in. This has the chance of being Iraq 2.0.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    June 25, 2019 10:14 a.m.

    "From Israel, President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton said Iran could walk through an "open door" to talks with America, though he also warned that "all options remain on the table" if Tehran makes good on its promise to begin breaking one limit from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers."
    Mr. Bolton, it was the U.S. that pulled out of the treaty. Now you're suggesting that Iran had better not follow suit and must abide by the treaty? You've lost me there.

  • Utefan60 , 00
    June 25, 2019 9:46 a.m.

    Iran has rightfully called Trump out for his erratic behavior. They have said right out what we all know about Trump. And what their leader said was actually true. May not like the source, but the message was correct.

    Trump has played this game without regard to our allies' concerns, and the current Iranian situation is completely due to Trumps' inability to play like a grown up with our international allies.

    They are as disgusted by Trump as are the Iranians are.

    Sadly the leader of Iran encapsulated the exact reason Trump is a danger to this country as well as theirs.

    Then there is Bolton in Israel stirring the pot of war. This is not right. We do not need to kill more patriotic young Americans in our amazing military for the ego's of these two dangerous men.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, UT
    June 25, 2019 9:44 a.m.

    It's easy to make ad hominem attacks on people. Those attacks prove that those who use them are incapable of discussing the issues. Iran made such statements. Let's leave the attacks out of the discussion and talk about the facts. Iran shot down one of our military drones. That was before sanctions were applied. That act of agression showed the entire world that Iran is not serious about seeking peace. They had the opportunity to work towards peace for themselves and for the Middle East. Instead, they chose extreme agression.

    Trump chose to hit them in their pocketbooks. Without money, they will have no resources to fund those agressive acts. Trump could have destroyed them. He could have destroyed their ability to build weapons of war; but, as he clearly stated, that would have caused the deaths of innocent civilians. He chose to NOT harm those innocent civilians. He chose to act against those who promote agression against the United States.

    Call him names if you want, but his actions targeted those whose acts destroyed confidence in Iran desire to live peaceably. .

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    June 25, 2019 8:58 a.m.

    ""You sanction the foreign minister simultaneously with a request for talks," an exasperated Rouhani said, calling the sanctions "outrageous and idiotic."
    "The White House is afflicted by mental retardation and does not know what to do," he added"

    He's right. Trump's lifelong platform of "My way or the highway" might work with his underlings and vendors. But it doesn't work in domestic politics and sure doesn't work in the Global arena. Plus, Trump expecting Iran to abide by the nuke agreement that Trump pulled the US out of (ignoring objections from our allies), is the definition of hypocrisy. Trump's tantrum throwing "management style" has made him, and his aids, inconsequential on the world stage.