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Dennis Etler: US Snapback Just A Political Show

TEHRAN (FNA)- Dennis Etler, former professor of Anthropology, says Washington’s move to reinstate the UN sanctions against Iran by triggering JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) Snapback Mechanism is legally baseless.

Speaking in an interview with FNA, Professor Etler said most of the countries have slammed the US Administration for this measure which “countermands established international norms”, and added, “I can think of no precedent whereby a party that is no longer subject to an accord has the right to retroactively invoke its provisions to justify its own actions.”

Dennis Etler is a former professor of anthropology. He taught anthropology in several American colleges and universities for 35 years. He received his PhD in anthropology from the University of California. Professor Etler is a political analyst who has a decades-long interest in international affairs.

Below is the full text of the interview:

Q: The US left the nuclear deal some two years ago. Is the US technically entitled to the members’ right of initiating the snapback mechanism envisaged in the JCPOA?

A: By withdrawing from the JCPOA the US has forfeited all rights to challenge its implementation. I can think of no precedent whereby a party that is no longer subject to an accord has the right to retroactively invoke its provisions to justify its own actions. The US "snapback" is thus without any legal basis and countermands established international norms. It is a unilateral political maneuver that has been condemned by all concerned parties.

Q: What do we learn about the US international position, out of the reactions made by the remaining parties to the JCPOA to the US Administration’s snapback attempt?

A: The current US Administration has withdrawn from a host of international treaties and organizations. The so-called "International Order" that the US was instrumental in setting up after WW2 is in a shambles. The reason for this is that it no longer serves its original purpose of promoting and maintaining US global and regional hegemony. New emerging regional powers have begun to assert prerogatives that were reserved for the US under its self-proclaimed "International Order". In response, a faction of the American ruling class wants to dismantle and replace it with unilateral action by the US. Other forces in the US want to try and reinforce US control of the so-called "International Order" and revive it as a tool of US domination and control. Neither policy, however, will be able to reverse America's growing isolation on the global stage.

Q: Why do only Israel and the Persian Gulf Arab states agree with the US’s snapback claim?

A: The perfidy of the Persian Gulf Arab states has been fully exposed by the diplomatic recognition of Israel by the UAE and Bahrain. This betrayal of the Palestinian people further demonstrates that they are vassal states of the US and will do its bidding in order to continue to receive US arms and diplomatic support. The Persian Gulf Arab states have shown themselves to be lackeys of the US/Israeli condominium and willing accomplices of its Zionist project.