Serious times

Express:

Mr Trump has said he would “fully enforce” the measures being reimposed as a result of the US withdrawal from the 2015 JPCA deal aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons – prompting a defiant stance from EU leaders. In today’s early morning tweet, the US President this morning said: “The Iran sanctions have officially been cast. “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. “Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. “I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” Mr Trump’s words were an apparent response to yesterday’s joint statement released by the all 28 EU member states, including UK, France and Germany – which were also parties to the 2015 accord along with Russia and China, In it, signatories – including UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt – expressed “deep regret” at the US move.

The statement added: “The lifting of nuclear-related sanctions is an essential part of the deal; it aims at having a positive impact not only on trade and economic relations with Iran, but most importantly on the lives of the Iranian people. “We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran, in accordance with EU law and with UN security council resolution 2231. “This is why the European Union’s updated blocking statute enters into force on 7 August to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran from the impact of US extra-territorial sanctions.” European firms have been told not to comply with demands from the White House for them to stop doing business with Iran. Those who decide to do so will need to be granted authorisation from the European commission, with failure to do so leaving them at risk of being sued by EU member states.

The EU: Ugh. Thank goodness we don’t have a college professor for a president in these serious times when our Left has completely lost its mind.

Bonuses: (1) Man, it should be easier pretty soon to find a VC interested in sponsoring an alternative to the Unholy Trinity, lotsa money to be made; (2) Michael Anton talks Projection. Lotta that going around.

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