The world has come to know that President Trump doesn’t mince words. He says what he means to do and his actions demonstrate that his words are action statements.
He pulled out of the flawed Iran nuclear deal as he promised. Now he is implementing his plan to deal with Iran. A glimpse into his strategy was given this morning, May 19th, by Secretary of State Pompeo. The Trump Administration has advanced 12 uncompromising conditions for a new nuclear deal with Iran.
The demands for a new deal include but are not limited to the following:
- “full and public accounting” of its nuclear research
- complete access to all nuclear sites including military facilities at any time for UN inspectors
- shutting down its ballistic missile program
- release of all US prisoners held without charges or trials
- ending support for Hamas, Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad
- full withdrawal of Iranian troops from Syria
- Iran must demonstrate a “sustained shift” in behavior as a pre-condition for negotiations
“We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime. The leaders in Tehran will have no doubt about our seriousness…The sting of sanctions will be painful if the regime doesn’t change… these will indeed end up being the strongest sanctions in history when we are complete….We cannot continue to create wealth for Qasem Soleimani,” said Pompeo, referring to the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force. “Everyone’s going to have to participate in this.”
The nations and businesses around the world know that President Trump doesn’t use empty phrases but is a man of action. Fearing they will feel his wrath through the proposed sanctions, they have started to withdraw from doing business with Iran.
Corporations ceasing business in Iran include A.P. Moller-Maesk, Total SA, Siemens, MSC and Allianz. These are major corporations. Maesk is the largest container shipping company in the world. Total SA is a French energy company. Siemens is a German conglomerate. MSC is a Swiss based shipping company which is the second largest shipper in the world. And Allianz is a German insurance company.
They are probably the vanguard of a business withdraw from Iran that will significantly hurt Iran. Iran cannot exist withouut consequences in a vacuum.
These corporations know they will suffer when President Trump puts his strangling sanctions into effect. They want to avoid the crippling consequences of Trump’s sanctions. It is a testament to President Trump’s reputation. He has not put his plan into action yet but just the knowledge that his sanctions will come soon is enough. His words have power.