U.S. Threats and Pressure Against Iran
October 4, 2009
U.S. officials are trying to gather support in the UN Security Council for the passage of new political and economic sanctions against Iran. The Obama administration, along with the Democrats and Republicans in Congress, is also preparing U.S. sanctions that would include measures to target Iran's telecommunications industry, to block gas and refined petroleum exports to Iran, and to impose new restrictions on Iran's financial institutions.
On September 21, Iran announced to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it was constructing a second uranium enrichment facility. This is its sovereign right, as well as in complete accord with its commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Despite the fact that Iranian officials announced the facility months earlier than called for by IAEA regulations, U.S. officials have repeatedly characterized it as a "secret" facility.
According to the U.S. and its EU allies, Iran "can't be trusted" because it may be "secretly aiming to develop nuclear weapons." No evidence of this exists, however.
The whole hysteria about an Iranian nuclear weapons program is a replay of the same script that was used to prepare the illegal invasion of Iraq. The U.S. wants to pressure the international community to impose punitive sanctions on Iran and to isolate the Iranian government diplomatically, politically and economically. While carrying out a military buildup around Iran, U.S. officials are drumming up the so-called "nuclear issue" as a smokescreen to hide U.S. pressure and to justify possible U.S. aggression.
On September 29, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization defended his country's right to pursue nuclear energy. He said that “The new site is part of our rights and there is no need to discuss it” with the U.S. and other big Western powers.