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Understanding US policy on Iran

Understanding US policy on Iran

The US president Donald Trump's speech on his first UN General Assembly will tackle Iran's nuclear weapons, Al Arabiya reported Monday.

It would be wrong to view the conglomerate of Iran-created crises through a single periscope focusing exclusively on the nuclear dilemma.

Iran’s meddling in states across the Middle East, its support for terrorist groups including the likes of the Lebanese Hezbollah, the continuous pursuit of ballistic missiles and domestic human rights violations are also serious concerns.

The question is how to adopt a proper Iran policy approach to address all questions with equal importance. The plan has been described as a “21st-century financial version of [John F.] Kennedy’s Cuba quarantine,”.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, known to early on voice Washington’s possible policy of supporting regime change in Iran, shed light on this subject.

“We must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran’s nuclear capabilities,” he said.

Iran’s major belligerence

 

For far too long, especially during the Obama administration, all of Iran’s major belligerence went neglected for the sake of garnering the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


A variety of reports indicate Washington’s broad Iran policy is near completion and may go public at the end of this month, delivering answers on how to bring an end to Tehran’s influence in the region.


The policy is set to reach as far as significant restrictions aimed at military activities carried out by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the essential entity of Tehran’s regime that is said to control 40 percent of the country’s economy.

There is also talk of re-imposing sanctions lifted under the JCPOA – which seems unlikely – and a slate of actions involving oil export restrictions that have the potential of seriously depriving Iran’s main economic lifeline.

Last Modified: Monday، 18 September 2017 01:36 PM
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