Those other counties have to realize what is at stake here, others like Germany have been put on notice by Trumps Ambassador not to trade with Iran, not to buy Russian gas [Nord stream 2] and to double its NATO expenditures to 2% of GDP immediately, then to 4% later, these are crazy sums of money [Germany’s GDP is over 4 Trillion dollars, to defend themselves against who precisely? Turkey and India have been threatened because they want to buy the S400 anti aircraft systems from Russia, all in all the US are threatening everyone, unfortunately for the US all that needs to happen is for one strong state to defy [successfully] the Empire, then unless the Empire can enforce its will, it’s all over, US credibility would be shot, [rather like the Mafia who are defied by one shopkeeper in a large complex.] The US “allowed eight countries to import Iranian crude oil without being subject to U.S. sanctions which would expire on May 2 without extension. The eight countries included are China, India, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Greece, Italy and Taiwan.
This move is an extraordinarily foolish and reckless act which illustrates the extreme hubris and short-sightedness of those running American foreign policy under Trump. What the U.S. is decreeing to the entire world with this action is that the U.S., and the U.S. alone, decides who gets to trade with who. The U.S. is telling China, the second largest economy in the world and home to over one billion people, that it lacks the sovereign authority to buy oil from Iran if it so desires. If the U.S. can unilaterally play boss on the trade decisions of foreign countries, national sovereignty does not exist in practice anywhere on the planet. There is only empire.”