Will NATO Military Alliance Collapse amid US-EU Tensions Over Iran?

Are the US-EU Relations trembling, will this impact the NATO Military Alliance? US administrations unilateral sanctions against Russia and Iran without taking care of the EU’s core interests can deteriorate US-EU Relations, and may potentially even lead to the collapse of the NATO. EurAsian Times analyses a media report by the Iranian media.

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American unilateral sanctions against Iran and secondary sanctions against countries doing business with Iran will gravely endanger Europe’s relationship with the United States. “If the US actually goes ahead and forces secondary sanctions on Europe’s strongest economy  – Germany for implementing the Nord Stream pipeline, it will certainly result in the collapse of NATO because Germany cannot back down on such critical projects.

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“This is an existential threat for Germany. Germany needs energy; they do not have sufficient energy to run their modern and state-of-art industries.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

NATO is an intergovernmental defence treaty between United States, France and the United Kingdom and 26 other North American and European allies, based on the North Atlantic Treaty, signed on 4 April 1949. NATO comprises a treaty of collective defence whereby its independent member states agree to mutual defence in response to any aggression by any country. NATO was initially developed to counter the rising threat from USSR.

US-EU Relations at Risk?

Most of the European nations, including the European Union (EU), have written to the US urging the Trump administration not to go ahead with its so-called “secondary sanctions” against European companies doing business with Iran.

Foreign ministers from the UK, France, Germany, and the European Union’s highest diplomat Federica Mogherini wrote the message to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, as per WSJ report, which evaluated the letter dated June 4, 2018.

JCPOA Deal with Iran: US withdrawal means gain for Russia and China

Earlier, On July 14, 2015, Iran and the Six Nations (Russia, UK, China, the United States, France and Germany) reached an agreement on resolving the long-standing problem of Iranian nuclear energy by adopting a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). After withdrawing the JCPOA Deal, the US re-introduced its nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran.

As EurAsian Times reported earlier, former US Assistant Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman warned of America’s “terrible consequences for foreign policy” as a result of the possible exit from JCPOA agreement. “This will drive a wedge between the United States and Europe, weakening the transatlantic partnership, and will strengthen the influence of Iran, Russia and China.

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