Tell European countries to do more to overcome the crisis with Iran created by Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo

After Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement and reimposed sanctions, European governments vowed to keep the deal afloat. Instex, a financing and barter exchange program, was set up to facilitate European companies selling goods and services to Iran without using dollars. Instex also aimed to shield European companies from US “secondary sanctions” that punish non-U.S. banks, companies and people who do business with Iran. But nine months later, Instex is just barely off the ground with limited operations. On August 25, 2019, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew in to the G7 summit in France at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron. Zarif met only with Macron in France, but the message to both Trump and the European allies was clear: the Trump-manufactured crisis with Iran must be settled through diplomacy. Add your name to our letter thanking Macron for inviting Zarif and calling on the European countries to do more to overcome the crisis with Iran created by Trump, Bolton, and Pompeo.


Dear President Macron and European Countries,

We the undersigned appreciate greatly the efforts of French President to support diplomacy with Iran by inviting Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for side meetings during the G7 summit in France. The message that was sent by this action was clear: Trump-manufactured crisis with Iran must be settled through diplomacy and European countries must act to save the deal they were instrumental in negotiating.

After Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear agreement and reimposed sanctions, you, the European allies vowed to keep the deal afloat. Instex, a financing and barter exchange program, was set up to facilitate European companies selling goods and services to Iran without using dollars. Instex also aimed to shield European companies from US “secondary sanctions” that punish non-U.S. banks, companies and people who do business with Iran.

But nine months later, Instex is just barely off the ground with limited operations.

Food and humanitarian aid are supposed to be exempt from US sanctions on Iran, but that’s not the experience befalling the people. Between June 2018 and June 2019, the price of food in Iran skyrocketed by 80%. In Iran’s cancer patients are paying with their lives as equipment functions poorly and there is no reliable supply of drugs. Even access international scientific and medical journals is blocked.

Trump’s fight with Iran is having other negative consequences on Iranian society as. As sanctions have tightened and life in Iran has become more difficult, the hardliners are have been gaining more power. The human rights situation in Iran is deteriorating and women are being targeted in extreme and unprecedented ways. The rights that Iranian women had been making are being rolled back. More journalists and activists are being jailed for criticizing the government.

Next month, Iran’s self-imposed deadline for saving the nuclear deal will expire. At that point, Iran may start to enrich uranium to up 20%. Right now, thanks to Trump, the message being sent to Iran, and countries across the globe, is that the best way to protect themselves from US intervention is to obtain a nuclear weapons as fast as possible. It’s urgent we turn things around and so it is necessary for you, the European allies, to do much more to counteract the painful US sanctions and relieve Iran’s economic crisis.

Europe’s actions to help Iran must become more than symbolic. Iran must be able to sell its oil, trade with other countries, and have full access to medicine. Though you didn’t create this problem, it is your responsibility to do everything you can to mediate it. Intex must move forward and become fully operational and the new version of the Blocking Statute--rules letting companies seek compensation in EU courts for damages arising from US sanctions--must be enforced. Please act now.

Sincerely,

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  • Jeries Basir
    signed 2020-02-22 21:06:35 -0500
  • Claudia Karas
    signed 2020-02-08 10:20:18 -0500
  • Yessenia Quintero
    signed 2020-01-22 20:07:17 -0500
  • Julia Albertin
    signed 2020-01-22 10:55:51 -0500
  • Nabil Sater
    signed via 2020-01-11 15:37:27 -0500
    Dear conscientious leaders,


    I am appealing to you to stand strong against the disastrous decision of the Trump administration to abandon the Iranian agreement. I strongly believe that genuine effort could put additional pressure on the reckless US administration to come back to the negotiating table after lifting ALL the inhumane sanctions against Iran. The Iranian people deserve better. They have been suffering under these extreme sanctions for decades. However, I am 100% convinced that these scare tactics and illegal measures will not yield the desired outcomes. Iranians are very proud and resilient people with a very rich history and heritage and will not yield to such actions. Only diplomacy and fair treatment will bring them back to the discussions.


    The only entities benefiting from these atrocious actions are the neocons and war hawks in the US administration, lead by this hateful organization as well as the extreme ideological right-wing parties in Israel lead by their current government.


    We heard these accusations before the Iraq disastrous and illegal WMD war and are now suffering the consequences with hundreds of thousands of Iraqi casualties and thousands of American dead soldiers.


    I am urging you not to fall in the same trap and repeat another catastrophic and much more devastating war in the Middle East.


    Regards,


    Nabil Sater
  • Norman Illsley
    signed 2020-01-08 23:58:10 -0500
  • Sepideh Nobar
    signed 2020-01-05 04:41:02 -0500
  • zizzieozalezoxiama
    signed 2019-12-09 08:09:11 -0500
  • zizzieozalezoxiama
    @AlexistoriGonz2 tweeted link to this page. 2019-12-09 08:08:58 -0500
    Iranian Foreign Minister @JZarif has demonstrated his commitment to diplomacy. Trump has demonstrated the opposite. That's why Europe is so key. Tell them to take action! #NoWarWithIran https://www.codepink.org/zarif?recruiter_id=858466
  • Elda Mengisto
    signed 2019-12-04 14:14:47 -0500
  • Katherine Smyth
    signed 2019-11-21 15:03:16 -0500
  • Niclas Nolberger
    signed 2019-11-20 05:41:51 -0500
  • Mickie Lynn
    signed 2019-11-01 19:27:20 -0400
    We have a narrow window of opportunity to decrease tensions between the US and Iran. Especially with Israel using military force against Iranian targets in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq and being encouraged by the United States.
  • linda s dourte
    @travel_nan tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-21 17:35:23 -0400
    Iranian Foreign Minister @JZarif has demonstrated his commitment to diplomacy. Trump has demonstrated the opposite. That's why Europe is so key. Tell them to take action! #NoWarWithIran https://www.codepink.org/zarif?recruiter_id=833802
  • linda s dourte
    signed 2019-10-21 17:35:15 -0400
  • Irene Berns
    @ireneberns tweeted link to this page. 2019-10-16 20:34:08 -0400
    Iranian Foreign Minister @JZarif has demonstrated his commitment to diplomacy. Trump has demonstrated the opposite. That's why Europe is so key. Tell them to take action! #NoWarWithIran https://www.codepink.org/zarif?recruiter_id=874603
  • Irene Berns
    signed 2019-10-16 20:32:38 -0400
  • Christiane Schmidt
    signed 2019-10-15 12:08:33 -0400
  • Carl Anderson
    signed 2019-10-07 00:30:33 -0400
  • Bret Polish
    signed 2019-09-30 01:59:34 -0400
  • Michael MacPherson
    signed 2019-09-28 12:17:16 -0400
    That was a very thought full thing to do at a time when there is so much tension going on between the US, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Syria. If we are to achieve true peace in the Middle East Iran needs to be brought into the fold.
  • Marie P. Focella
    signed 2019-09-24 14:38:25 -0400
  • Malcolm Bush
    signed 2019-09-23 17:18:31 -0400
  • Alexistori Gonzalez
    signed 2019-09-23 02:57:47 -0400
    Free Sustainable. Trade. Wars missiles are GlOBAL warming. Sustainable tariffs…..
  • Samuel Clark
    signed 2019-09-22 10:29:42 -0400
    Peace is always better than war.
  • Pamela Boston
    signed 2019-09-17 15:20:25 -0400
  • Amitav Dash
    signed 2019-09-14 14:04:35 -0400
  • janet uffer
    signed 2019-09-14 01:43:14 -0400
  • Patricia Auer
    signed 2019-09-13 16:22:22 -0400
  • Daniel Gallo
    signed 2019-09-12 19:40:03 -0400
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