Why are they annoyed with Iran-US realignment?

 

Why are they annoyed with Iran-US realignment?

DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL 

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Iran has decided to resolve the nuclear issue with USA diplomatically. Significant sections of the Iranian society as well as ruling class are backing the diplomatic initiative of newly-installed President Hassan Rouhani, backed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to reach a deal with Washington to end decades of economic and diplomatic isolation, and open the country up to foreign investors. Clearly, Iran’s position could change if the US does not make any significant concessions or fails to keep its promises—as has been the case in the past. Rouhani was centrally involved in nuclear negotiations with the so-called EU3—Britain, France and Germany—between 2003 and 2005.

 

As a sign of good faith, Iran shut down its uranium enrichment and allowed intrusive international inspections of its nuclear facilities, hoping for concessions from the US and its European allies in return. Americans fooled Iran and instead of favors they used threats. The arrangement collapsed after the US effectively blocked any offer of substance and then rapidly ratchetted up military threats against Iran.

 

For USA the nuclear issue is part of a far broader agenda of eliminating the Iranian regime as an obstacle to its ambitions for dominance in the Middle East and Central Asia. USA does not want any threat to Israel,.

 

Tehran has repeatedly denied Western allegations that it plans to manufacture a nuclear weapon, which requires uranium enriched to 90 percent. Washington and its allies are insisting Iran end its enrichment of uranium to the 20 percent level, render most of its stock of that material unusable for further enrichment, not use more efficient IR-2 centrifuges for enrichment, and not activate its heavy water reactor at Arak.

 

In return, the US is offering Iran “very modest relief” from the sanctions regime that has devastated the country’s economy. Iran would be given some access to the tens of billions of dollars of its oil revenues frozen in foreign bank accounts and allowed to trade in precious metals and petro-chemicals. The most crippling sanctions—on Iran’s oil exports and banks—will remain in place.

 

In order succeed in fair talks with Iran, Obama has to withstand all pressure tactics from among American allies in the Middle East, including Israel and in the US Congress. Saudi Arabia is strongly opposed to any US rapprochement with Iran, its main regional rival. The Saudi regime is also bitter over the Obama administration’s decision in September to pull back from launching an air war on Syria.

 

The US Congress seeks imposition of even tougher sanctions on Iran

Like the US, Israel has repeatedly threatened Iran with military attack. Just over a week ago, Israeli war planes struck targets inside Syria—an operation which was aimed not just at the Syrian regime, but against its ally Iran.

While Israel is unlikely to launch an all-out attack on Iran without US backing, it is quite capable of mounting provocations designed to derail any agreement. With the tacit support of Washington, Israeli intelligence agencies have for years waged a covert campaign of assassination and sabotage against Iran’s nuclear programs, including the murder of top Iranian scientists.

 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought form White House reassurances over any nuke agreement with Iran, the key foe in Mideast. Netanyahu, however, bitterly denounced the proposed agreement, branding the agreement as “a very bad deal” of the century. In a particularly menacing statement, Netanyahu declared: “Israel is not obligated by this agreement,

 

 

Israel also views the US-Israel realignment process as part of grand US strategy to first get  Iran rid of nuclear  activities and then  attack it. Israel hopes to get a share in the  terror operations against Iran if that happens at all.

However, Saudi led Gulf nations see the emerging  trend in US-Iran relations  are being real and so approach the trend very  cautiously.

 

 

د. عبد راف 

BY DR. ABDUL RUFF COLACHAL has been an educationist, Columnist-Commentator  on world affairs Expert on Mideast AffairsChronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.) Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA);   Former university Teacher;  Editor:INTERNATIONAL OPINION; FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Author of books;website: http://abdulruff.wordpress.com/ mail: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com/Phone: 91-8129081217

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Terrorism is caused by anti-Islamic forces. Anti-Islamism is more dangerous than “terrorism”.  Fake democracies have zero-tolerance to any criticism of their anti-Muslim and other aggressive practices.

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