Iran is facing off with the United States of America at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in a case over the US freezing of Iranian assets, shortly after Tehran beat Washington at the same court in a different case. Humiliated after that defeat at the World Court, and in a knee-jerk reaction, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington would be scrapping the 1955 treaty.
Iran’s parliament approved new measures against funding terrorism on Sunday, changes that officials hope will move Tehran closer to global norms and help remove it from investment blacklists as it faces renewed U.S. sanctions.
“The parliament faces a historic decision … to act along the interests of the nation and take away any future excuses from the United States (to pressure Iran),” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told parliament before the vote, which was broadcast on state radio.
An analyst says the US’s allegation of Iran fomenting violence in the Iraqi city of Basra is merely a “desperate” attempt to “drum up animosity” towards the country after Washington lost the “united front” of its allies against the Islamic Republic by scrapping the 2015 nuclear agreement. E. Michael Jones, editor of the Culture Wars online magazine said: “The US is obviously isolated. They are losing their credibility around the world, it’s like the boy who cries wolf too many times.”
The Trump administration pressed ahead Friday with plans to create an “Arab NATO” that would unite U.S. partners in the Middle East in an anti-Iran alliance, but Qatar said the crisis among Gulf countries must be solved first. “The real challenge facing the U.S.-led alliance is to solve the Gulf crisis,” Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Than said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “Over the past three years, Israel has been highly successful in preventing the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and Iranian attempts to transfer lethal weaponry to Hezbollah in Lebanon. We will continue to act to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and we will continue the military coordination between the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) and the Russian army.
President Hassan Rouhani said: “America wants to cause chaos and unrest in our country so that it can return to this country, but these are unreal fantasies and they will never achieve their goals. But our people will resist and the government is ready to confront America. We will overcome this situation (sanctions) and America will regret choosing the wrong path.”
“The United Nations’ members should not turn a blind eye to these threats and must take firms actions to eliminate all Israeli nuclear weapons,” Fars news agency quoted Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou as saying in letters to the U.N. secretary general and the security council.
The U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal struck between Iran and major powers is “doomed” to seriously affect peace and security in the Middle East, Iran’s atomic chief said on Monday. “The international community’s opposition to the U.S. withdrawal … does not nearly reflect the deep anger at the American unilateralism but also the concerns about the extremely difficult situation in our immediate region with all its pervasive chaos and the existing menace of terrorism,” Salehi said in his speech to the IAEA General Conference.
Mohammed Javad Zarif told Germany’s Der Spiegel news magazine that Iran could “reduce its implementation” of the agreement and possibly increase uranium enrichment activities if the nuclear agreement was jeopardised by “the actions of the Americans and the passivity of the Europeans.”
“The Europeans and other signatories must act to offset the consequences of the U.S. sanctions,” Zarif told the magazine, calling a package of measures drafted by Europe an important step that should now be implemented. What is paramount: Europe should do so not for Iran, but for its own sovereign and long-term economic interests.”