Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Yes, the Tendencies are Troubling

Even Germany's Merkel understands that Iran is a problem:

"Iran's aggressive tendencies must not only be discussed, but rather we need solutions urgently," she said after meeting Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman. She announced 384 million euros ($445 million) of aid to Jordan this year.

Germany has remained party to the Iran nuclear deal, which lifted sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbing its atomic program, after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May.

Merkel said on Thursday that while European countries wanted to maintain the 2015 accord, they shared concerns over Iran's ballistic missile program, its presence in Syria and its role in the war in Yemen.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal was intended to stop Iran from being a nuclear missile threat and turn Iran into a responsible regional power.

Merkel is worried about Iran's missiles and aggression, but still somehow thinks the nuclear part is still something to be hoped for.

Just when I think I'm starting to get a grasp of that whole European nuance gift, they throw me a curve ball and demonstrate that I just don't grok it.

UPDATE: Related on Yemen.