Washington demands other countries observe international laws, norms and standards, while it consistently breaches them.
At the Trump regime’s Monday State Department press briefing, spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus unleashed extremist venom against Iran.
Reciting a long ago discredited laundry list of bald-faced Big Lies about the country, she stressed that nonexistent Islamic Republic malign intent is “consistent with how [it] behaves,” turning truth on its head, concealing how the US and its imperial partners operate extrajudicially.
“[W])e should not yield to (nonexistent) nuclear extortion by” Tehran, she roared—demanding its ruling authorities “not obtain a nuclear weapon (they don’t seek) and to abide by the (JCPOA) commitments that they’ve made to the international community”—the Trump regime flagrantly breached.
Separately, John Bolton’s spokesman Garrett Marquis maintained the Trump regime’s steady drumbeat of anti-Iran rhetoric as follows, saying, “Iran’s enrichment plans are only possible because the horrible nuclear deal (sic) left the their capabilities intact [sic],” adding, “President Trump has made it clear that” he supports nuclear armed and dangerous Israel, a regional belligerent, while remaining militantly hostile toward Iran’s peace and stability agenda—calling for “increased international pressure” on Tehran.
The IAEA earlier said that Iran could increase its uranium enrichment level while respecting the nuclear treaty.
On Tuesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani affirmed his nation’s commitment to regional peace and stability, saying, “We will not wage war with any nation.” Unlike how the US and its imperial partners operate, Iran seeks cooperative relations with other countries, confrontation with none.
On Monday, spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Behrouz Kamalvandi called for EU countries to “act, not talk” by fulfilling their JCPOA obligations they failed to do so far and show no signs of changing their policy.
“Europe still has time,” Kamalvandi stressed, adding, “[F]ulfillment of its obligations under the nuclear deal will return [things] to normal.”
Last week, President Rouhani said Iran will suspend some of its JCPOA commitment if Europe shows no “positive signals,” adding, “Obviously, Iran cannot stick to this agreement unilaterally. It is necessary that all the sides of this agreement contribute to restoring it.”
Trump regime rage against Iran increases the risk of war on the country based on Big Lies and deception.
A final comment
On Tuesday, Haaretz reported that “Israel [is] among top countries upgrading [their nuclear] arsenal[s],” citing information from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
It estimates Israel’s nuclear stockpile at 80 to 90 warheads, Haaretz reported.
Iran has no nukes, no known intention to develop them, wanting them eliminated everywhere—what the world community of nations and UN should urge but aren’t pushing in this direction.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at email@example.com. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.