US Anti-Iran Maximum Pressure Act
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
According to The Hill on Wednesday, militantly hostile to Iran Pompeo “join(ed) members of the Republican Study Committee (RSC) in unveiling” Maximum Pressure Act legislation.
It aims to keep illegal Trump regime sanctions on Iran in place by blocking any attempt to ease them without congressional approval, along with imposing more.
According to GOP Rep. Mike Turner, Biden isn’t “tough (enough) on Iran.”
So he and over 80 other House members introduced legislation that includes “the toughest sanctions on Iran to date.”
According to Pompeo’s reinvention of reality:
“America, our ally Israel, and the world are safer (sic) because Trump’s maximum pressure policy and crushing sanctions denied the Iranians the resources they needed to support building a nuclear weapon (sic) or to support terrorism around the globe (sic).”
Pompeo has 2024 presidential aspirations, the above bluster a sample of rubbish his campaign is likely to feature.
The so-called Maximum Pressure Act includes 12 unacceptable demands he called for while masquerading as chief Trump regime diplomat.
They include ceasing all uranium enrichment by Iran and pledging not to process plutonium. The JCPOA permits enough of the former for energy use.
Tehran must allow “unqualified access to all sites throughout the country,” including off-limits military ones excluded under the JCPOA.
Its government must cease its regional military activities – entirely involved in combating US supported terrorists in Syria on request of its government.
It must stop supporting legitimate entities Washington illegally declared terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Yemeni Houthis.
US citizens held by Iran must be released, no matter what offenses they committed.
The Islamic Republic must cease being a threat to Israel. It never was and isn’t now, the Jewish state a major threat to regional and global security.
Iran “must end its…ballistic missiles…launching or development of nuclear-capable missile systems.”
The latter is something it doesn’t have or want, the former it has every right to develop for self-defense.
Its government “must…permit the disarming, demobilization, and reintegration of Shia militias” in Iraq into its military.
Tehran supports what Washington rejects – Iraqi sovereignty.
Iran must “cease harboring senior al-Qaida leaders” – a US specialty.
The Islamic Republic strongly opposes the scourge they represent.
“Iran…must end the IRGC Quds Force’s support for terrorists and militant partners around the world” — what Iran abhors and Washington supports.
No responsible government would accept these unacceptable demands.
It’s unclear how many undemocratic Dems may back the GOP bill.
It was introduced while Vienna JCPOA talks continue.
On Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Iranian ruling authorities won’t allow them to become protracted, nor will they bend to unacceptable Western demands, adding:
“We are seriously opposed to the step-by-step resolution of the problems.”
All unlawfully imposed sanctions on Iran must be lifted and verified.
At a Wednesday cabinet meeting, Iranian President Rouhani stressed that Vienna talks must agree to “the exact implementation of the JCPOA (as agreed to in 2015), not a word less, not a word more.”
He rejected the notion of “a JCPOA plus” with unacceptable new provisions.
Iran and the US-dominated West remain far apart on key JCPOA-related issues — despite Rouhani saying that talks so far achieved 60 – 70% progress.
Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister was less optimistic tweeting:
“Iran’s ‘seriousness of purpose’ in pursuing diplomacy was tested in the three years since Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord.
Iran—by remaining in the deal—passed with flying colors.
The Biden (regime), however, has only shown a commitment to Trump’s maximum pressure.”
On Wednesday, interventionist Blinken’s spokesman Price said the following on Vienna talks:
“We have a longer road ahead of us…because of the inherent challenges in this process (sic).”
“(M)any of those challenges at…are not going away (sic).”
“(T)here is no lack of distrust between and among the parties.”
“(T)here is a lot to overcome…(W)e’re certainly a ways off from anything concretely materializing.”
“(W)e have profound areas of disagreement and concern when it comes to Iran’s behavior (sic).
“Tehran should be under no illusions that we will let up in our efforts to hold (it) accountable for its human rights abuses (sic), for its ballistic missiles program (sic), for its support for terrorism (sic), for its support for proxies in the region (sic).
“Sanctions (are) a key tool in all of that (sic).)
What the US and complicit E3 countries consider Iranian “malign behavior” is legitimate under international law.
It includes support for Syria’s self-defense right to combat US forever war on the country directly and by use of proxy jihadist foot soldiers.
The same goes for the right of Yemeni Houthis to end nearly two decades of aggression by the US and its complicit partners.
Like its predecessors, the Biden regime can never be trusted.
At most, it may agree to lift some sanctions, by no means all, and it unacceptably claims the right to impose new ones at its discretion.
As stressed before, there’s virtually no chance that Biden regime hardliners will return to the JCPOA as agreed on in 2015 — or lift all illegally imposed sanctions on Iran.
This unacceptable position may lead to Vienna talks ending with no agreement.
If something positive is achieved, the US at any time for any invented reasons can reverse it with a stroke of a pen.
Its ruling regimes can never be trusted.
As long as Iran remains free from US control, it’ll be targeted for regime change.
Currently it’s by sanctions war and other dirty tricks.
Given Washington’s rage for endless wars on invented enemies, things could turn hot ahead at any time if US ruling authorities believe they cannot transform the country into a client state any other way.
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