Category: Sanctions against Iran – تحریم ها

This video gives context to the war mongering by Israel and America against Iran.  It also puts the issue of economic sanctions against Iran and Iran’s Nuclear Program into context.


A new poll finds that only one in four Americans favors Israel conducting a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program. Seven in ten (69%) favor the US and other major powers continuing to pursue negotiations with Iran, a position that is supported by majorities of Republicans (58%), Democrats (79%) and Independents (67%).

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A report says that Britain and Israel are in cahoots with each other against Iran and have held secret meetings to draw plans for a military strike on Iran.

According to an article by Jonathan Cook publish on Global Research website, former British defense secretary Liam Fox and  Adam Werritty attended a dinner banquet with a group described as senior Israeli officials in Tel Aviv last February.

Fox and Werritty were accompanied by Britain’s ambassador to Israel (Matthew Gould) and the Israeli figures attending  were representatives of Israel’s secret service, the Mossad.

Craig Murray, Britain’s ambassador to Uzbekistan until 2004, has claimed that the topic of discussion that evening was a secret plot to launch a military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

The former British diplomat said the Tel Aviv dinner was especially significant as the discussion that night focused on ways to ensure Britain assisted in creating favorable diplomatic conditions for an attack on Iran.

Murray also pointed out that the banquet in the Israeli capital city raises “vital concerns about a secret agenda for war at the core of government, comparable to [former British Prime Minister Tony] Blair’s determination to drive through a war on Iraq.”

The remarks come as The Daily Telegraph recently reported that Fox and Werritty secretly met the head of the Mossad during the Tel Aviv dinner.

The Independent also wrote in October that Werritty had close ties to Mossad as well as to “US-backed neocons” (militant pro-Israeli Jews and their supporters) that were plotting to unseat the Iranian government.

The Guardian revealed in November that British defense department under Fox had devised comprehensive plans for British assistance in the event of a US military strike on Iran. The plans included allowing the US military to use Diego Garcia – a British territory in the Indian Ocean – as a base from which to launch an attack.

The United States and Israel have repeatedly threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike, based on the allegation that Iran’s nuclear work supposedly has a covert military agenda.

Iran has refuted the allegations, saying that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.  (Iran’s nuclear program was developed with the assistance of the U.S. in the 1970s.)

While Israel refuses to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty based on a policy it calls “nuclear ambiguity,” (though it has confirmed possession of nuclear weapons) Iran has been subjected to uneven and snap International Atomic Energy Agency inspections.

Israel recently test fired a new long-range missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads. The test was carried out at the Palmahim air base in central Israel.

This three-stage Jericho-3 missile, which is capable of delivering a 750-kilo warhead to a distance, is estimated to have a range of up to 10,000 kilometers. Paradoxically, Israel’s new nuke-capable missile, which can target many parts of the globe, is not considered a threat in the eyes of the West in light of the strong influence of the Jewish Lobby in Washington and its strong ties to U.S. media owners.

Mossad agent admits that Israel uses the “anti-semite” trick to silence critics of Zionist policies.


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Chemical weapons against Kurds and Iran.


The U.S. Government and Israel, through the Jewish lobby, do the following:  Removed Saddam from the list of supporters of terror (after he invades Iran) (Document 1);  U.S. openly confirms in (now declassified memos) that Saddam was knowingly getting his chemical weapons from the U.S. (while the U.S. held out condemning or stopping him) (Document 2); and Saddam and the U.S. government  were establishing ‘mutually beneficial ties’ in an effort to steal Iranian resources (Document 3).  Europe also generously provided Saddam with millions in arms and training.


(1)  Department of State Cable from Alexander M. Haig, Jr. to the United States Interests Section in Iraq.”De-designation of Iraq as Supporter of International Terrorism,”February 27, 1982.  The State Department provides press guidance to regional missions regarding removal of Iraq from its list of countriesthat support international terrorism.

(2)  Department of State, Military Affairs Memorandum from Jonathan T. Howe to George P. Shultz. “Iraq Use of Chemical Weapons,” November 1, 1983. Officials from the State Department tell Secretary Shultz confirm Iraq’s“almost daily” use of chemical weapons. They note, “We also knowthat Iraq has acquired a CW (chemical weapons) production capability, presumably from Western firms, including possibly a U.S. foreign subsidiary.”

(3)  United States Interests Section in Iraq Cable from William L. Eagleton, Jr. to the Department of State [et al.].”Rumsfeld Visit to Iraq,” December 10, 1983. The head of the U.S.interests section in Baghdad tells Iraqi Under Secretary Mohammed al-Sahhaf that “perhaps the greatest benefit” of Donald Rumsfeld’s upcoming visit to Baghdad “will be the establishment of direct contact between an envoy of President Reagan and President Saddam Hussein.”



by Yousaf Butt * (source: Christian Science Monitor)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

* Yousaf Butt, a nuclear physicist, serves as a scientific consultant for the Federation of American Scientists.

The West just blew its latest chance of reining in Iran‘s nuclear enrichment program.

Iranian officials expressed willingness to comply with some of the major demands being made by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the “P5+1” (the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany). But, evidently, these countries just could not take “yes” for an answer. By refusing to ease sanctions on Iran in any meaningful way, the P5+1 offered no meaningful reciprocity in return for Iranian compliance.

The P5+1’s attitude of “take but not give” directly led to the failure of the talks. And by derailing the possibility of a deal withTehran, these global powers are essentially helping Iran stockpile even more enriched uranium.

The hawks in the West who don’t seem to want to ease sanctions are helping the hawks in Iran who want to continue gathering more and more enriched uranium, which might give them a nuclear weapon option in the future. Deadlock rewards the hawks on both sides, and increases the chance of armed conflict in the Middle East.

There were two main demands being made of Iran going into the latest round of talks: that it must halt enriching uranium to 20 percent (a level closer to weapons-grade), and that it must shutter its highly secretive Fordow enrichment facility.

The Iranians offered as an initial gesture to give UN inspectors access to the Parchin military base, where the International Atomic Energy Agency believes Iran may have done nuclear-weapons related work in the 1990s. Iranian officials have also conveyed a willingness to compromise on the 20 percent enrichment issue, given the right incentives.

Naturally, in return, Iran asked that at least some sanctions begin to be lifted. This is, of course, the natural give-and-take of negotiations.

Unfortunately, in exchange for these major Iranian concessions, the P5+1 states only dangled the paltry promise of access to some spare parts for civilian airplanes, help with nuclear safety, and supplying Iran with some fuel plates for its research reactor. If Western countries were serious about their alleged worry about Iran’s nuclear program they would have been more willing to reciprocate properly, for example, by beginning to ease the draconian sanctions on Iran.

It makes one wonder if the West is really worried about Iran’s nuclear program or if it just wants to prolong the pain in Iran in hopes of inducing a regime change there.

Why not cap Iran’s enrichment and in return ease some of the sanctions? Certainly, election-year politics and hawkish congressional pressure ensures that the US administration (which leads the P5+1 in these talks) cannot consider easing sanctions no matter what Iran does with its nuclear program. President Obama would be cast as “weak” if any of the sanctions were lifted before the elections. Oddly, a successful diplomatic resolution of the Iran nuclear issue would be spun as a failure.

Unless the P5+1 nations can specify exactly what Iran would need to do in order to begin to ease the sanctions, further talks – planned for next month in Moscow – seem like a waste of everyone’s time.

The sanctions appear to be a one-way street: They are easy to enact as punishment, but evidently cannot be removed to reward positive Iranian behavior. The net result is that the Iranian people suffer, the Iranian regime keeps stockpiling more and more enriched uranium, and the US congressional hawks can feel smug in the false knowledge that continued sanctions will magically lead to regime change in Tehran.

In fact, a careful reading of the legislative text of the sanctions shows that the sanctions have very little to do with Iran’s nuclear program and everything to do with regime change. For instance, the US sanctions can only be lifted after the president certifies to Congress:

that the government of Iran has: (1) released all political prisoners and detainees; (2) ceased its practices of violence and abuse of Iranian citizens engaging in peaceful political activity; (3) conducted a transparent investigation into the killings and abuse of peaceful political activists in Iran and prosecuted those responsible; and (4) made progress toward establishing an independent judiciary.

Just in case those conditions are insufficiently implausible, the president has to certify further that “the government of Iran has ceased supporting acts of international terrorism and no longer satisfies certain requirements for designation as a state sponsor of terrorism; and [that] Iran has ceased the pursuit, acquisition, and development of nuclear, biological, chemical, and ballistic weapons.”

Many US allies, such as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, could not satisfy all these conditions. So even if Tehran were to stop all uranium enrichment and dump all of its centrifuges into the Gulf and shutter its nuclear program entirely, Iran would still continue to be sanctioned by the US.

The Obama administration ought to clarify that it will not really hold Iran to these completely unrealistic standards, else it seems there may never be a resolution.

The irony of it all is that Iran is not currently doing anything that violates its legal right to develop nuclear technology. Even by agreeing to talks about suspending its 20 percent enrichment, Iran is showing a sign of good faith that it is not legally obligated to do. Iran says it needs continued enrichment to this level to fuel its research reactor.

There is a lot of concern in the West about Iran’s “clandestine” nuclear facilities, like Fordow, but it appears we have forgotten the history of Iran’s nuclear program. In 1983, Iran went to the IAEA and asked for help with its nascent nuclear infrastructure. The IAEA agreed to help Iran in setting up a pilot plant to study enrichment, but then the United States intervened to stop this. Only after this political intervention did Iran go clandestine in some of its nuclear work: it certainly was not sneaky from the start.

Under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) – to which Iran is a signatory – it is not illegal for a member state to have a nuclear weapons capability – or a “nuclear option.” If a nation has a well-developed civilian nuclear sector – which, of course, the NPT actually encourages – it, essentially, already has a pretty solid nuclear weapons capability.

Like Iran, ArgentinaBrazil, and Japan also maintain a “nuclear option.” They, too, could break out of the NPT and make a nuclear device in a few months. And like Iran, Argentina and Brazil also do not permit full “Additional Protocol” IAEA inspections.

The real legal red line, specified in the IAEA’s “Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements,” is the diversion of nuclear materials to a weapons program. However, multiple experts and official reports have affirmed over the years that they have no evidence that any such program currently exists.

For example Mohamed El-Baradei, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who spent more than a decade as the director of the IAEA, saidthat he had not “seen a shred of evidence” that Iran was pursuing the bomb. The November 2011 IAEA report on Iran’s nuclear program also backs up this assessment, stating that Iran’s research program into nuclear weapons “was stopped rather abruptly pursuant to a ‘halt order’ instruction issued in late 2003.”

Even US officials have conceded that they have no proof that Iran is actively pursuing a nuclear bomb at present – and, in fact, that they have good evidence that Iran has not re-started its nuclear weapons program since 2003.

Following the release of the classified National Intelligence Estimate in 2011, Director of National Intelligence James Clapperconfirmed in a Senate hearing that he has a “high level of confidence” that Iran “has not made a decision as of this point to restart its nuclear weapons program.”

And Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said in early 2012: “Are they [Iranians] trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they’re trying to develop a nuclear capability. And that’s what concerns us.”

By refusing to ease sanctions on Iran, the P5+1 nations so easily gave up on what could have been a golden opportunity to inspect the Parchin facility and suspend Iran’s 20 percent uranium enrichment. This indicates that they are not truly worried about any Iranian nuclear weapons program.

What they really appear to be doing is using nuclear issues as an excuse to attempt to destabilize the regime via never-ending draconian sanctions. All the while Iran will continue to stockpile enriched uranium.