U.S. national security adviser John Bolton talks to reporters at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 1, 2019. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
John Bolton, US national security adviser, addresses reporters at the White House © Reuters

There may be more “design” about “the next war in the Middle East” than Roula Khalaf suggests (Notebook, May 23). She correctly points put that, in response to US reneging on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the subsequent sanctions, “Iran has now warned it will stop complying with parts of the deal”. We should be clear where the blame for this lies: firmly with the US.

Indeed, by sanctioning Iran’s export of heavy water and enriched uranium to Russia and Oman (provisions in the JCPOA designed to keep Iran within agreed limits), the US has guaranteed that Iran will stop complying with the JCPOA limits on enrichment.

If this turns into the casus belli many believe US national security adviser John Bolton desires, we should be under no illusion: this war is largely of US making. And the UK, along with the rest of the sensible world, should have nothing to do with it.

Maj Gen Jonathan Shaw
Winchester, Hants, UK

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