The EU countries have a significant experience in dealing with Iran but that has no influence in building a European strategic vision about the Iranian nuclear file.

 

The EU strongly maintains the agreement signed between Tehran and the group "5 +1" and considers it the basis of the relationship with Iran. The EU sees that the agreement and Iran's violations of the international covenants concerning the missile program are completely separate issues.

 

The EU vision is not convincing. Any international convention reflects the good intentions of its signatory parties, parties that should not violate another agreement that is strongly tied to the first. The nuclear agreement is firmly related to the Tehran's ballistic missile program. To carry on its missile program, Iran should have a nuclear program capable of making a nuclear bomb.

 

The two files are two faces of one coin. Otherwise, Iran’s economic budget to develop the missile program and cover the international sanctions will be a waste. But this is not the case. The Iranian regime spends most of its wealth on armament and regional expansionist plans.

 

The EU is trying to deal with each file aside and considers the nuclear deal a strategic gain. But this is not the case with Iran. Tehran refuses to sign the Additional Protocol to the IAEA that provides the right for sudden inspection of nuclear facilities to ensure Iran's commitment to the agreement. The mullahs’ regime is developing medium and long-range ballistic missiles that may carry nuclear warheads or other weapons of mass destruction.

The European assessment of Iran's commitment to the nuclear agreement is based on regular inspections of the IAEA. These inspections focus on the nuclear facilities listed on their agenda. The mullahs’ regime must be hiding too much information from international censorship.

Negotiations over the nuclear deal took decades. But that does not mean turning a blind eye to Iran's violations, whether for the agreement itself or other military fields. The concerns that are associated with the agreement are mainly military. Therefore, violations of the same nature should not be separated from any dialogue with Tehran.

The EU has a different approach in dealing with the Iranian threat. The mullahs’ regime has nothing to do with the EU’s diplomacy. The mullahs' leaders are concerned about staying in power, especially at a stage where their relations with their people is deteriorated.

During the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the September 11 attacks, the mullahs were afraid that the American rage will reach them.

The threat of force in international relations is completely harmful. However, there are situations that require appropriate policies to deter reckless regimes from destabilizing the international community.