Heather Nauert Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

July 24, 2017

On July 18, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert announced new sanctions against Iran.

In a press statement she reported that the State Department notes “Iran's continued malign activities outside the nuclear issue undermine the positive contributions to regional and international peace and security that the deal was supposed to provide. The United States will continue to use sanctions to target those who lend support to Iran's destabilizing behavior and above all, the United States will never allow the regime in Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.”

The goal of such sanctions, of course, is to exert further pressure against Iran – a country which has refused to accept the dictates of U.S. imperialism.

The State Department repeatedly describes its so-called “war on international terrorism” as follows. “We are at war. We are waging a broad, sustained, integrated and relentless campaign that harnesses every element of American power to defeat terrorism.” And U.S. strategy “recognizes there are numerous nations and groups that support terrorism to oppose U.S. interests, including Iran, Syria, Hezbollah and Hamas.”

Three nations – Iran, Sudan, and Syria – are currently labeled by the State Department as state sponsors of terrorism, while 60 organizations are listed officially as “terrorist organizations.” Iran has officially been one of the targets of this designation since January 19, 1984.

Such hostile actions are designed not only to apply pressure and aggression against other nations, but also to incite chauvinism and militarist propaganda here within the U.S.

In recent years, the capitalists have tried to replace the old worn-out threat of “Soviet expansionism” by new threats concerning the “proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.” These slogans are used by U.S. imperialism to apply pressure against entire nations and peoples.

In her July 18 report, Heath Nauert repeated both allegations against Iran and stated that the Trump administration “is continuing to conduct a full review of U.S. policy toward Iran. During the course of this review, the United States will continue to aggressively counter Iran's malign activities in the region.”

The Trump administration is reviewing its political and economic campaign against Iran because it views the Iranian government and people as obstacles to U.S. domination of the Middle East. Since the end of the first Gulf War, the U.S. has been trying to set up a “security system” and a web of alliances throughout the region so as to secure its own undivided hegemony. U.S. officials have imposed not only political and economic sanctions against Iran but “a military deterrent” as well, in order to “protect U.S. interests in the region.”

These latest plans once again demonstrate the brutal, dictatorial methods that characterize U.S. foreign policy. For nearly 40 years since the overthrow of the Shah of Iran, U.S. imperialism has tried with might and main to undermine and destroy the government of that country. After attempting to invade Iran in 1980, the U.S. adopted a policy of supporting Iraq in a war which took the lives of several million Iranians and Iraqis. In addition, the CIA has carried on a continuous campaign of disinformation and destabilization, both inside and outside the country.

While preparing war against Iran, U.S. imperialism seeks to justify its own disregard for international law and the accepted norms of relations between states. In the case of Iran, everyone knows that the real motives behind the U.S. policy are the questions of oil and the domination of the strategic Middle East region. To achieve its aims, U.S. imperialism has targeted any government in the region that either defends the national rights and sovereignty of its own people, or seeks to ally itself with one of U.S. imperialism's rivals.

Facing this situation, the American people must never forget the lessons of history or be lulled to sleep about the aggressive aims and plots of U.S. imperialism. The American people, like the people of every country, aspire to a world of peace and friendship amongst the peoples, based on the sovereign equality of every nation. To help create such a world, the American people must step up their struggles against militarism and aggression, targeting the monopoly capitalist class and the imperialist system as the sources of war and militarism.