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Press TV – January 5, 2020
A total of 170 Iraqi lawmakers have signed a draft bill, demanding the withdrawal of US military forces from the country following the assassination of Iran’s top military commander, Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the second-in-command of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
On Sunday, the legislators used an extraordinary parliamentary session to push for a vote on a resolution requiring the government to press Washington to withdraw US troops from Iraq.
The lawmakers, citing Articles 59 and 109 of the Constitution and in line with their national and regulatory responsibilities as representatives to safeguard the security and sovereignty of Iraq, singed a four-point draft bill as follows:
Firstly, the central government in Baghdad is obliged to cancel its request to the US-led military coalition, which was purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorist on the grounds, now that military operations have ended in the country, and victory over Daesh has been achieved. The Iraqi government should therefore put an end to the presence of any foreign troops and prevent the use of the Iraqi airspace.
Secondly, the government and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces must announce the number of foreign trainers they need, along with their locations, responsibilities, and duration of their contracts.
Thirdly, the Iraqi foreign minister, on behalf of the government, must turn to the United Nations and the Security Council to file a complaint against the United States for violations of the Iraqi sovereignty and security.
Finally, the plan comes into force once it obtains the parliamentary approval.
Arguably, this could mean the final bow to the JCPOA, but then, it needn’t necessarily be so. Iran reserves the right to immediately raise its enrichment levels to 20%, but may not do so and would allow the IAEA to maintain inspection access.
This measured approach on nuclear policy could have bearing on the escalating tensions with the US. It is extremely important that Tehran made this announcement during the period of mourning. Make no mistake, the decision carries the imprimatur of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
It suggests that Tehran is keeping a narrow window for diplomacy. The EU has invited Zarif to meet in Brussels on Friday with the foreign ministers of UK, France and Germany.
Whether this window will open wider or will be slammed shut shortly is the crucial question. For, if it remains open, Trump’s “maximum pressure” approach (sanctions against Iran) will inevitably be brought into it at some point, and an entirely new dynamics can be generated vis-a-vis the overall US-Iran standoff.
Trump is under withering criticism from the Democrats and the US mainstream media for his decision to precipitate the present confrontation. As things stand, his re-election bid might even be in jeopardy if the confrontation exacerbates in the months ahead.
What may still be possible is that Iran’s “severe revenge” can be of a scale that Trump can live with, allowing the door to open into the pathway leading to negotiations. It is a forlorn hope but better than no hope at all.
ketchim wrote:Iran has to get a long range "whatever"
mapoui wrote: What may still be possible is that Iran’s “severe revenge” Trump can live with
similar to the one that hit the Saudi facilty, unmanned drone