Iran and Sanctions -if you do not understand what is happening over Iran, then all I can say is that it is all about politics – oil – religion – prestige. Plenty written and a lot of propaganda and bullshit.
In June 2013 Hassan Rohani, who 10 years before had served as Iran’s nuclear negotiator, was elected to power in Iran – defeating the hardliners on ‘a platform promising constructive engagement with the international community aimed at lifting harsh economic sanctions and ending Iran’s international isolation.’
This was a game changer – democracy at work – the younger generation voted and removed the hardline Prime Minister – an olive branch was then sent to Obama, requesting talks to resolve the conflict.
Yes a simple vote by the country’s younger generation brought about hope and real change.
Meetings have been held to resolve the conflict being led by the U.S. (Kerry) attempting to have the ‘sanctions’ lifted. This in itself is a farce as the sanctions are in relation to Iran’s ‘apparent’ nuclear capability – from technology ‘apparently’ supplied by Germany and China.
This fact is delivered by the Senate Armed Services Committee – “It is essential to recognize that Iran does not currently have a nuclear weapons program, nor does it possess a nuclear weapon.” (1)
Ayatollah Khomenei, the supreme leader of Iran, ended his country’s nuclear weapons program in 2003 and “as far as we know, he’s not made the decision to go for a nuclear weapon.” This repeats the “high-confidence” judgement of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) that was first made in November 2007.
Easy to understand is it not?
Pity it was not that simple – we then have 6 nations attempting to resolve the problem of Iran’s non existent nuclear capabilities – politics come into play – as do regional conflicts, oil, religion and through all of this – the real chance of change against the hardliners in Iran – for Iran and for the people – and the region.
There are six countries involved with these negotiations and a short time frame developed to complete negotiations – an Obama legacy – as with Cuba.
Iranians themselves want change without sacrificing self esteem and pride – Israel and Saudi Arabia do not want change – nor do the Republicans in the U.S. – (neither do the UK apparently). (2)
So a timeline set and extended – deadline submitted and now down to crunch time.
Anyway intense negotiations are a funny thing – when the air conditioning malfunctions – As reported by Bloomberg.
“As the negotiations grind on in the Austrian capital, frustrations have boiled over into decidedly undiplomatic confrontations. In one incident on Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif could be heard shouting in nearby rooms.
A Kerry aide tip-toed into the room during the evening meeting at the Palais Coburg, a former aristocratic residence converted into a luxury hotel, to warn them that everyone outside could hear their row, according to Iranian state-run news agency IRNA.”
Then we have threats In another meeting on the weapons embargo, Zarif (Iran) erupted again when Western powers talked of Iran’s role in roiling the Middle East.
“If we are talking about regional security, I should take every one of you to international courts for supporting Saddam,” Zarif said, referring to the U.S. backing for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after he invaded Iran in 1980.”
According to RIA, Zarif snapped back: “Never try to threaten the Iranians,” prompting Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to chime in: “Nor the Russians.”
Russia and Iran are both pressing to end the arms ban. (3)
Yes – have a read – all this over ‘no nuclear capabilities’.
As Forrest Gump would say – stupid is as stupid does. If it wasn’t so serious one would laugh.
Oh and negotiations still in train – took too long in writing this due to UK budget papers – but the person with the papers Drakula has more info here – highly recommended.
2. If you like bullshit then how about some sabre rattling – US’s best friends are the English
Israelis version of events