Listen to the so-called “moderate faction” in Tehran and you are likely to hear a litany of woes, echoed by some European circles, about alleged attempts by the Trump administration to push the Middle East towards a new war. The leitmotiv is the claim that the so-called “nuclear deal”, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is an almost sacred text that should be neither amended nor improved.
“We shall not accept an iota of change in this text,” says Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
“There is no alternative to JCPOA,” echoes Federica Mogherini, foreign policy spokeswoman for European Union.
As for Alistair Burt, the man in charge of the Middle East in the British Foreign Office, the so-called “nuclear deal” is an “unalterable text” that cannot be renegotiated let alone revised.
But how could this be?