Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the US is using economic sanctions and other pressures to overthrow his country’s clerical establishment.
While the US may publicly deny this, it seems Rouhani is stating the obvious. But the US government should be careful what it wishes for. Any overthrow of the current government could well see far more extreme leaders step into power. Men — yes, they’ll all be men — who want little more than to see the west in flames.
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An ongoing conflict
As RAW reports, President Rouhani told the northern province of Gilan this week:
‘Iran is in economic and psychological war with America and its allies. Their aim is to change the regime but their wish will not come true.’
Tensions between these two nations heightened with Trump’s call to pull his state out of the world powers’ 2015 agreement which was curbing Iran’s nuclear activity.
But Trump saw flaws in the deal, noting there has been no measures to curb Iran’s missile program or any means of support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq.
The horrible after effects of the US’ decision
After pulling out, Washington then reinstated pre-deal sanctions on Iran, which had an immediate negative effect. Iran’s currency crashed, inflation soared and a mass influx of foreign investors came in to help modernise the desperate economy.
Needless to say, Iran has not taken the withdrawal well.
And neither do many of the deal’s signatories, including Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China. They felt the reinstated sanctions were not warranted, and are even seeking non-dollar ways to conduct business with the struggling Tehran.
More importantly, while the US may have acted on good intentions, all their efforts have done is further ignite the conflict with Iran, making them more unwilling to cooperate, as Rouhani so explicitly pointed out.
Rouhani will not negotiate with the US
In a change of tact, the Trump administration have voiced their desire to enter negotiations with Iran. But it seems too little too late.
During a broadcast on live television in the city of Lahijan, Rouhani announced:
‘There is no possibility of entering negotiations with America…America wants to take Iran back to 40 years ago … to the era before the (1979 Islamic) Revolution…They want regime change.’
That doesn’t sound like there’s much room for compromise.
But what’s worse is the fact that there really isn’t any more room for economic woe in Tehran.
Yet another war?
The bottom line is, unless the other signatories manage to restore Tehran’s economy to a relatively stable state, there’s no longer an incentive for Iran to adhere to the nuclear agreement.
And we all know what that means…
Rouhani insists his nation is ‘united against our enemies … We will continue our path of independence and freedom.’
That sounds like a nation willing to do whatever it takes to restore prosperity.
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