Tehran (Basirat) :Trump will be trying in the coming weeks to establish a direct link between the JCPOA and the recent unrest in Iran in order to set the stage for exerting further economic and political pressure on the Islamic Republic.
The Persian-language Basirat website has, in an article, weighed in on the
United States' attempts to take advantage of the recent unrest and riots in Iran
and create the impression that it is sympathizing with Iranians! The full text
of the analytical piece follows.
In recent days, we have been witnessing US President Donald Trump and his
Cabinet’s growing support for the riots in Iran. Their backing comes as Trump
called Iranians a "terrorist nation” and used the fabricated name "The Arabian
Gulf” instead of "The Persian Gulf” in a controversial speech some time ago.
Under such circumstances, one has to be pessimistic about what Trump calls
support for the Iranian nation’s freedom! Here, there are a few points
which should be taken into account:
1. The Trump administration wants to establish a direct link between the JCPOA
and Iran riots. In other words, the White House intends to regard the JCPOA as a
dependent political variable, not an independent legal phenomenon. Accordingly,
there is a possibility that the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
In this regard, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Washington has
several options on the table in order to react to the recent unrest in Iran,
including sanctions and making a decision on whether or not to continue the
suspension of bans on Iran. She said Trump is yet to make a decision on renewing
temporary waivers for the sanctions. She said the Trump administration may not
continue to waive the sanctions in January 2018 based on the JCPOA, and hence,
might completely pull out of the nuclear deal.
One of the key proponents of Trump’s plans in this regard is US Ambassador to
the UN Nikki Haley. Former US envoy to the UN John Bolton has also advised Trump
to withdraw from the JCPOA as soon as possible and re-impose unilateral
sanctions on Iran as a sign of support for the rioters. American authorities are
biding their time to inject economic discontent into society in order to stir up
public opinion and lend more support to the unrest. This comes as the Iranian
nation has prudently watched Washington’s behavior over the past 4 decades and,
like before, will not allow the White House and its cronies to interfere in
In recent days, Haley has tried to play a key role in supporting protests and
riots in Iran. As part of her meddlesome actions and comments, Haley called on
the UN Security Council and Human Rights Council to hold emergency meetings on
"We must not be silent. The people of Iran are crying out for freedom,” she
She also claimed that the protests held in Iran were not organized by foreign
elements. Haley also claimed that Washington is seeking to get the voice of
protesters in Iran heard loud and clear to the world!
2. There is no doubt that Haley and other members of the Trump administration
back efforts to spread unrest in Iran. Still, Haley’s claim of supporting
Iranians’ freedom and their demands come as she has, so far, turned no stone
unturned to mount full-scale confrontation against Iranians. Haley’s remarks
drew reaction from Iran’s mission at the UN. Iran’s ambassador to the UN, in a
statement, dismissed Haley’s show at the world body as "disgusting crocodile
"The threats and nonsense comments made by the US ambassador to the UN are
regarded as support for fueling violence and unrest in Iran. Iran’s security and
stability have depended on its own people over the past four decades, and the
Iranian people, despite the ballyhoo raised recently, have safeguarded these
rights and accomplishments and will not allow violence and destruction to wreck
these inherent rights and historical achievements because the Iranian nation’s
historical memory has not forgotten the memories of the crimes committed against
and humiliation imposed on Iran by the US-backed dictatorial [former Iraqi]
Haley’s anti-Iran comments drew reaction from Russian Foreign Ministry
Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.
"There is no doubt that the US delegation has something to tell the world,”
Zakharova wrote on Facebook ironically.
"For example, Nikki Haley can share America’s experience in breaking up
protests, going into detail about how, say, the mass arrests and the stifling of
the Occupy Wall Street movement happened or how Ferguson was ‘quelled’,” wrote
3. Another point is the incorrect and false presuppositions announced by
American and Israeli authorities regarding the recent unrest in Iran.
In one case, US Vice President Mike Pence claimed that the Trump administration
will make the same mistake that the previous administration (Obama's) made about
protesters in Iran! Also, the former Israeli ambassador to the US said in
contentious remarks that Obama did not support riots in Iran in 2009 in order to
help the nuclear agreement bear fruit. Such comments are merely false
allegations. It is lost on no one that in the post-election unrest in Iran in
2009, the US and the Israeli regime joined hands to support the rioters. In this
regard, there are many documents some of which have been published and drawn the
attention of the Iranian public. Therefore, in this equation, there is no
difference between the Republican and Democratic parties, and, between the
administrations of Trump and Obama for that matter.
Support by individuals such as John Kerry, Hillary Clinton and even Bernie
Sanders for the recent riots and unrest in Iran shows that the leaders and
senators of both major American parties abide by a macro-strategy enshrined in
the United States' foreign policy, and that is full-scale confrontation with the
Iranian nation and establishment!
Source : Basirat Persian Website