Iran Is Not A Victim, It Is One of The Most Influential and Strong-Minded Nations on Earth

By Andre Vltchek

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When facing mortal danger, its people unite, harden themselves and get ready to face invaders, no matter how threatening they might be.

Iran is home to one of the oldest and deepest cultures in the world, and it’s precisely this culture that helps Iranian people to survive the most frightening moments.

And one such moment is sadly, right now.

US battleships are sailing right next to the Iranian territorial waters. One mistake, one false move, and war could erupt, engulfing the entire region in flames. Iran is a proud nation, and it takes its independence extremely seriously.

Right now, the country is facing one of the most unjust embargos in human history. It is being punished for nothing; or more precisely, for sticking to all the points of the agreement called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as The Iran Nuclear Deal, which it signed in 2015 with China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany, and which the United States abandoned, without providing any logical explanation. While not particularly happy about the U.S. withdrawal; Germany, France and U.K. are doing all they can not to anger their senior partner, and its leaders in Washington.

Add COVID-19, and inability of the country, due to sanctions, to buy medical equipment, at least in the West, and you have the perfect scenario for a national calamity and even for imminent collapse.

Or more precisely, anywhere else this would be the case, but not in Iran!

After receiving terrible blows from the West, one after another, Iran has never fallen to its knees. It has never abandoned its internationalist and socialist course (socialist, with Iranian characteristics), and it has preserved its dignity.

What it has managed to achieve is amazing, nothing short of heroic, given the circumstances.

If you look at the latest, 2019 HDI (Human Development Index, compiled and published by the UNDP), Iran is in the High Human Development bracket, and only 3 steps from the Highest Human Development group of countries. Which is thoroughly amazing, given the above-mentioned sanctions, embargos and constant military intimidations.

Whenever I visit Iran, I am astonished by its public spaces, cultural institutions, public transportation, fountains, comfortable trains… The country is functioning well, showing incredible grace under pressure. Its television channel – PressTV – is one of the most important anti-imperialist news outlets in the world. I don’t see extreme misery, or homelessness, there. Iranians are polite, well-educated and proud. They have to deal with complex exchange rates, which I do not understand. Whenever I pay in a café or taxi, I simply extend my hand full of local currency, and I never get cheated. Things are solid and reassuring there; I feel it and really appreciate it.

Iran is an internationalist country. Not unlike Cuba or Venezuela, who are its long-term allies. Even when injured, itself, it helps others, those who need solidarity even more. This can never be forgotten, particularly in places like Latin America, or Syria.

Hezbollah, Iran’s close ally in the Middle East, is fighting the most dangerous terrorist groups in Syria; those groups that have been injected there by the West, but also by Washington’s allies, such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey. But Hezbollah is also essentially the only social net for the poor in Syria’s neighbor – Lebanon. And not only for the Shi’a Muslims, but also for the disadvantaged Sunni citizens, for the Christians, and non-believers. Whoever is destitute in Lebanon, comes to Hezbollah, for assistance. I was based in Beirut for five years, and I know what I am talking about. All this, while the Lebanese elites are burning money in Paris, in Nice, in the nightclubs of Beirut, driving their lavish cars through the slums. And the more Iran and Hezbollah help the region, the more frustrated, outraged and aggressive the West gets.

Look at Palestine. When it comes to the liberation of the Palestinian people from the long and brutal Israeli occupation, the Gulf countries just talk and talk. In the end, some of them side with the West and Israel. The closest, the most determined allies of the long-suffering Palestinian people in the region, are, without doubt, Iran and Syria. That, everybody in the Middle East, knows, and it is only “a secret” to Westerners.

In Afghanistan, particularly in Herat, I witnessed long lines of Afghan people in front of the Iranian consulate. Devastated by the NATO occupation, Afghanistan is in despair, rated as a country with the shortest life expectancy in Asia, and the lowest Human Development Index (HDI) on the Asian continent. Tens of thousands of Afghan people have been traveling to Iran in search of jobs. Without Iran, Herat would most likely starve to death. And now, Iran is searching for ways, (together with China and Russia), how to help Afghanistan to find a political solution, and send the NATO forces packing.

For years, all the Socialist countries of Latin America, could always rely on Iran. Be it Bolivia, before the legitimate government of Evo Morales was overthrown, or Cuba and especially Venezuela. Iran has been building social housing, it was helping with oil technology, and with many other social essentials.

Iraq and Iran, two great nations, in the past brutally pitched against each other by Washington, are once again cooperating, working together. The Western occupation has already thoroughly ruined Iraq (as it has ruined Afghanistan), historically one of the richest countries in the region. However, more positively Iran gets involved in neighboring Iraq, the more aggressively the West behaves. It now habitually crosses all the lines of acceptable behavior. In January 2020, a U.S. drone strike murdered Iran’s national hero, General Quasem Soleimani, while he was traveling right near the Baghdad International Airport.

For years now, Iran has been standing shoulder to shoulder with Russia, China, Syria, Venezuela and Cuba; the nations which are openly and bravely deterring the aggression and brutality of Western imperialism.

It seems that no matter what the West tries to do, Iran cannot be broken. Despite the embargos and sanctions, it demonstrates that it is capable of producing and shooting satellites into space, or of producing its own medical equipment to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. While the nation creates its great scientific and technological achievements, Iranian filmmakers keep producing their cinematic masterpieces. What a nation!

Unfortunately, all this is hidden from the eyes and ears of the public, both in the West, and in the client states. There, Iran is portrayed as a “threat”.

Look at this irony. On April 30, 2020, Reuters released a report about the German move to ban Hezbollah:

“Last December, Germany’s parliament approved a motion urging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government to ban all activities by Hezbollah on German soil, citing its “terrorist activities” especially in Syria.

On a trip to Berlin last year, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he hoped Germany would follow Britain in banning Hezbollah. Britain introduced legislation in February of last year that classified Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.”

When the West says “Terrorist activities, especially in Syria”, what it really means is “fighting the terrorism injected by the West and its allies, into Syria”. Everything is twisted, perverted and turned upside-down by the propaganda outlets operating out of the United States, Europe, Israel and the Gulf.

“Terrorist activities” outside Syria, also means supporting the Palestinian struggle for independence, as well as at least moral support for Syria, in its attempts to regain the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, an occupation which has never been recognized, even by the United Nations. It also means helping Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Latin American countries, which are brutalized (or should we say ‘terrorized’), relentlessly, by Washington and its allies.

This is precisely the logic and lexicon which was used by German propagandists during WWII, to describe resistance forces in its colonies. Freedom fighters and partisans were labeled as terrorists, in France, Yugoslavia, Ukraine.

Even the otherwise mainstream newspaper – The Independent – published on May 1, 2020 a report critical of the bizarre US scheming against Iran:

“The United States is pushing ahead with a scheme to extend a United Nations arms embargo on Iran that is due to be lifted in October as part of the nuclear deal that Washington abandoned two years ago.

To force the extension, Washington will attempt to lobby the Security Council to continue the arms embargo, which bars weapons sales to or from Iran.

But it also is making what legal experts and diplomats describe as a convoluted argument that it is still part of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action it left, and hence able to use one of its provisions to “snapback” the embargo.”

This weird political somersault has been, according to The Independent, criticized even by one of Washington’s allies, the French President Emmanuel Macron:

“China and Russia have already vowed to use any means to block the US plan. France’s Emmanuel Macron has been working behind the scenes to sabotage the Trump scheme because of what it sees as an attempt by the White House to destroy international legal norms, said a well-placed European diplomat.”

France, the UK, Germany and other EU countries are not necessarily happy with Washington’s foreign policy towards Iran, but their outrage is far from being moral indignation. Iran is big and it is far from being poor. European companies are losing billions of euros in trade, because of the sanctions. For instance, in the recent past, two Iranian airlines were ready to purchase large numbers of brand-new Airbus aircraft, in order to compete with Qatar Airways and the Emirates. Such plans collapsed, because of the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, and the almost immediate imposition of new, senseless but brutal sanctions against Teheran. Now even Mahan Air, a civilian airline, is facing sanctions, allegedly because of its flights to Venezuela, and to several Middle Eastern destinations.

Now, many are perhaps wondering, what triggered, in the West, such hate towards Iran?

There is a well-hidden (again, in the West) secret regarding Iran: “It is a Socialist country. Socialist with Iranian characteristics.”

In his latest and by all means ground-breaking book about Iran (“Socialism’s Ignored Success: Iranian Islamic Socialism”), which our publishing house Badak Merah will be publishing later in May 2020, an Iranian author and the PressTV Paris chief correspondent, Ramin Mazaheri, passionately defends the Iranian socialist concept:

“I think that if open-minded leftists would simply become aware of the facts and… modern socialist interpretations of Iran’s policies – many of which I’m sure are being presented in English for the first time – I’m sure that they would not be waiting breathlessly for the collapse of the Middle East’s greatest bulwark against imperialism and capitalism.

It is urgent that Western leftists understand that the reversal of Iran’s popular, democratic revolution would have incredibly negative ramifications for the anti-imperialist movement in the Middle East, and thus the global anti-imperialist movement, and it certainly would be the cruelest loss for Islamic Socialism, which is taken quite seriously in the Muslim world even if atheistic Trotskyism cannot even discuss the concept without resorting to insults.

And, of course, a counter-revolution in Iran would be a major blow for global democracy, as there is no doubt that the Iranian People support their revolution, constitution and unique system in a democratic majority.”

Like Russia and China in Euro Asia and in Asia, like Venezuela, Cuba and before the coup, Bolivia, Iran is spreading hope and revolutionary optimism in its entire part of the world. And it is an extremely wounded part of the world, where hope is absent, but desperately needed.

Spreading hope – that is never forgiven by the Western empire, which, like some gigantic and sadistic prison warden, constantly demands submission, while spreading depression and fear.

In the entirety of modern history, Iran has never invaded, never attacked anyone. Iran is a peaceful nation. But at the same time, it is a powerful, brave and proud country.

The United States and its turbo-capitalist regime understand brutal force, only. They do not comprehend, do not appreciate cultural nuances, let alone depth. Pity! There is so much to learn from Iran and its culture.

Iran will not attack anyone, that is clear as is proven by history. But if physically confronted, it will defend itself, and its people. It will fight, well and bravely.

The West should know: if it triggers a war with Iran, the entire Middle East will be consumed by terrible fire.

US Reportedly Tells European Allies to Pressure Iran or Face 25% Auto Tariffs

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Under the Trump administration, the United States has widely expanded its economic leverage to renegotiate international agreements which it considers inequitable to US economic or strategic interests.

The Trump administration quietly threatened last week to impose tariffs on key European nations, just before they officially accused Iran of breaching the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

According to EU officials familiar with the talks, the United States threatened to impose a 25-percent tariff on European automobiles from Germany, France and Britain, if they refused to condemn Tehran’s actions and trigger a trade dispute mechanism within the deal.

Days after the alleged ultimatum, the 3 countries formally accused Iran of violating the agreement, triggering a fallback option which could reimpose United Nations sanctions on Iran, thus destroying the residual accords of the Obama-era nuclear deal.

“We’ve been very clear that the JCPOA was a horrible deal”, an unidentified senior US official within the Trump administration said, when asked about the tariff threat, cited by the WaPo.

The unnamed official acknowledged, however, that the Europeans were already moving towards triggering the dispute resolution before the US threat was issued.

“The consensus among the Europeans about the need to hold Tehran accountable took form weeks ago and was driven by Iran’s escalatory behavior and violations of the nuclear deal,” the official said, according to WaPo.

It is unclear whether the so-called EU 3 issued the criticism against Iran due to the US threat or whether interests just happened to align in this circumstance, as both blocs maintain an interest in triggering the mechanism.

The United States views the mechanism as a means of reimposing full sanctions on Iran within 65 days, while EU powers see it as a necessary way to ultimately restore the deal, reduce tensions, and prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.

Abbas Araghchi (Center R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (Center L), Secretary General of the European Union's External Action Service (EEAS), take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on July 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria.

© AFP 2019 / ALEX HALADAAbbas Araghchi (Center R), political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran, and Helga Schmid (Center L), Secretary General of the European Union’s External Action Service (EEAS), take part in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3+2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran on July 28, 2019 at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria.

A New Transatlantic Relationship

Trump has previously used tariffs against the EU to win favourable trade concessions, but has yet to use them to influence foreign policy.

The policy is, however, indicative of the way the Trump administration views geopolitics, seeing the world through an ‘America First’ lens and willing to use economic leverage to reorganise the global geopolitical balance.

Opposing the Iranian nuclear deal has been the position held by the US since Trump’s election in 2016, characterizing the Iran nuclear deal as “unfair” to the United States.

The Europeans, however, have maintained their dedication to the deal, with EU leaders repeatedly saying, in line with international nuclear inspectors, that Iran has consistently been found to be in compliance with the landmark peace deal.

“The tariff threat is a mafia-like tactic, and it’s not how relations between allies typically work” said Jeremy Shapiro, research director at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

A Deal Scrapped 

Due to the recent heating up of tensions between the US and Iran beginning with the withdrawal of the US from the JCPOA and the assassination of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani on 3 Janurary, Iran has begun to enrich uranium beyond the limits set by the deal.

The JCPOA was signed and ratified in 2015 by the US, Iran, Russia, China, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the EU.

The purpose of the deal is to allow – but limit – Iran’s uranium enrichment program, to be used only for peaceful nuclear power and other research purposes, seeing Tehran agreeing to scrap its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, cut its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent, and reduce its number of gas centrifuges by around two-thirds.

Iran Studying Next Step to Reduce JCPOA Commitments – FM Spox

Iran Studying Next Step to Reduce JCPOA Commitments – FM Spox

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that the Islamic Republic is currently studying the next step to reduce its nuclear deal commitments, adding that all of the signatories slammed the US withdrawal from the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA].

He said that all the remaining signatories of the JCPOA believe that the US is responsible for the current situation. “They do not recognize the US illegal sanctions on Iran, he said in reference to the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 in 2015 which backed the JCPOA, requiring to lift international sanctions on Iran.”

Mousavi further stressed in his weekly press conference on Monday that there aren’t any negotiations between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia other than the Hajj issue.

“There are countries seeking to settle dialogue between Iran and Saudi Arabia, which we think are based on good intentions, and Iran welcomes this but sometimes we figure out doubled statements by Saudi officials, which contradict with the spirit of the Iranian path and the efforts of other countries,” Mousavi explained.

In response to a question about exchanging prisoners, Mousavi noted that “When we find that prisoners’ swap with other countries serve our nationals then we will carry out. We carry out prisoners’ swap with other countries from a humanitarian motive.”

Commenting on the unrest engulfing Iraq, Mousavi stressed that Iran doesn’t intervene in Iraqi affairs and hopes that the country restores stability.

Asked about Russia’s stopping cooperation in Fordow nuclear facility, he said it is due to technical difficulty and that the issue is under examination by the two sides.

Mousavi told reporters that the main reason is simultaneity of two actions; the Russians want to see if it is possible to do two projects at the same time.

Member of Iranian Parliament’s Foreign Policy Commission: We’ll Force the West to Back Down

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Tehran – The announcement by the Islamic Republic of Iran to increase its uranium enrichment rate beyond 3.67% has triggered various reactions worldwide.

Al-Ahed News sat down with the second deputy chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Mohammad Javad Jamali Nobandegani to discuss the issue.

Nobandegani explained that “a few years ago Iran signed an agreement on joint action with the P5+1.”

“The parties to this agreement were supposed to implement the commitments agreed upon. The Islamic Republic fulfilled all of its commitments in this regard. The world was supposed to see a new atmosphere. But the United States under [US] President [Donald] Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran and did not fulfill its commitments. The European side was content to say that this is a good agreement and Iran must remain committed to it. Instead of practical measures, they only talked and did nothing,” he added.

“After Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal more than a year ago, the Europeans promised Iran that within a few weeks they would fulfill their obligations in the framework of 11 items, including buying oil, lifting sanctions on petrochemical companies and paying money to Iran’s accounts,” Nobandegani said. “They, unfortunately, turned out to be wasting time.”

According to the Iranian MP, Brussels and Washington are playing the good cop, bad cop routine.

“It appears that there is an undeclared agreement between the Europeans and the Americans, in which they divided the roles so that Iran does not enjoy the potentially positive benefits of the nuclear agreement, and we are seeing it today,”

Nobandegani opined.

“As a result of this behavior, we recently decided to implement articles 26 and 36 of the nuclear accord,”

Nobandegani stated.

“But unfortunately today, we see some of these countries are still behaving badly. In this context, we saw Britain’s recent act of piracy in Gibraltar … This European behavior is an escape forward. “

“Everyone in the Islamic Republic, including the political parties, the political movements, the three authorities and the Iranian people today have one voice that this Western behavior must be confronted with all force. Just as the West cannot undermine the will and steadfastness of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its people, Iran has proved that it can return to its previous nuclear activities,” Nobandegani stressed.

“Iran’s steadfastness, will and resistance will force the West and the Americans to back down,” he warned. “Iran will continue to wait for a positive reaction from the Europeans so that it can determine the best course of action.”

Nobandegani concluded by saying that the

“Europeans must prove that their decisions are independent of the US, and they know the importance and impact of the nuclear agreement at the international level.”

“If this agreement interests them as they claim, they should pay the price even if sanctions are imposed on some European companies.”

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Resistance report: Iran cuts is obligations under the JCPOA and Syrian ceasefire talks collapse once again

July 07, 2019

Resistance report: Iran cuts is obligations under the JCPOA and Syrian ceasefire talks collapse once again

by Aram Mirzaei for The Saker Blog

On Sunday morning, the Islamic Republic cut its latest obligations to the JCPOA by enriching uranium to a higher purity than 3.67%, Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi stated. He said that Iran would increase uranium enrichment to the level that fulfils the needs of its power plants.

He also noted that the country had not yet decided on the level of enrichment for the Tehran research reactor. This comes after Tehran had given the remaining signatories a 60 day deadline to offset the adverse impacts of the unilateral pull-out by Washington. Of course, Europe, being the chained lapdog of Washington with no will of its own, couldn’t satisfy Tehran’s demands since Europe doesn’t dare to stand up to their masters, so this move was very much expected.

Western media have been quick to write their headlines: “Iran violates JCPOA”. This kind of headline lays the blame on the Islamic Republic, accusing Tehran of violating a deal which Washington pulled out of. Nobody in Europe seems to be placing any blame on Washington for totally reneging on the deal, this shows how “impartial and free” western media and its political institutions are.

Meanwhile, another signatory to the JCPOA, namely Britain has decided to engage in sea piracy at the behest of Washington when earlier this week an oil tanker heading for Syria was hijacked by British special forces near Gibraltar. This is part of Washington’s economic warfare on Syria where the recent sanctions are aimed at preventing Syria from receiving and importing any kind of fuel. Washington reasoning is that if it cannot control Syria, then it will destroy Syria altogether, and London will follow Washington without hesitation to whatever hell Washington is heading for.

This was also evident in the aftermath of the downing of the US RQ-4A drone and the false flag attacks on the oil tankers in the Persian Gulf last month, when Jeremy Hunt “warned” that the UK would join the US in a war against Iran since according to the him the UK has done some “independent intelligence assessments” to determine that Tehran was behind the oil tanker attacks.

“We have done our own intelligence assessment. We have got videos of what happened. We have seen evidence. We don’t believe anyone else could have done this,” he said.

With regards to Iran’s recent threat that it will suspend Tehran’s obligations to the JCPOA, Hunt responded that:

“We want to preserve that deal because we don’t want Iran to have nuclear weapons but if Iran breaks that deal then we are out of it as well.”

Pathetic statements by the foreign minister indeed, he truly shows that the UK parrots whatever bullshit Washington spews and has no will of its own. And so two out of 6 signatories are out and I expect France and Germany to follow the same path soon as well since they are in the same vassal position as Britain is.

Luckily, the threat of war seems no longer as imminent as it was just a couple of weeks ago, especially after the downing of the US drone over the Persian Gulf. According to reports in Iran, Washington asked Tehran to be allowed to bomb mock targets inside Iran, to save face after the humiliating incident. Tehran responded that this would be considered a declaration of war and denied Washington this bizarre request. This would explain why Trump behaved so incoherently in the aftermath of the incident, speculating that the downing of the drone could have “been a mistake by an individual” in the Iranian armed forces. I believe that this shows that the Iranian analysis of this escalation has been correct all along, Washington wants to intimidate Iran with threats but wont make good on them as they know what the consequences of these threats would be. I’ve said before that the Zionist state would be the biggest loser of a potential war between the US and Iran and last week Mojtaba Zolnour, the chairman of the Iranian parliament’s National security and Foreign policy commission confirmed that Israel would indeed be the main target of Iran’s response to any kind of US aggression by declaring that only half an hour of Israel’s lifespan would remain if Iran was attacked.

Elsewhere, Syrian and Russian military commanders are said to be discussing a new offensive in northwestern Syria after reports of collapsed ceasefire talks between Ankara and Moscow. This report comes as Moscow has resumed heavy airstrikes over the Idlib, Hama and Latakia provinces, targeting both Jihadists and Turkish backed “rebels”.

The offensive is said to be aimed at expanding the Syrian Army’s presence around the Al-Zawiya mountain region and the Al-Ghaab plains bordering Hama and Idlib. The months of May and June were bloody as the Syrian Army and the jihadists traded many blows, mainly due to Turkish interference. The Turkish Army has been very active lately, using all the previous ceasefires as opportunities to re-arm and regroup the jihadist forces, thus saving them from their imminent destruction. Meanwhile this report is also accompanied by allegations that Turkey is seeking to annex the Idlib province and other areas in northwestern Syria. Fars News reported that Ankara’s continued military presence, including new reinforcements sent on a weekly basis are indications of preliminary steps taken by Ankara to permanently occupy these areas. It should be noted that Ankara has installed a puppet government in this area under the flag of the so called “National Liberation Front” (NLF), a collection of Turkish backed militants. The main obstacle for Ankara would reportedly be the presence of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham terrorists, the main rival group of the so called NLF. The Fars News report added that Turkish officials are contemplating to have the HTS terrorist group dissolved through either war or peace to leave Moscow and Damascus with no more excuses to continue military operations in the area.

Fars News added that the interim government affiliated with the militants would gain control of the bordering corridors between Syria and Turkey and the residents of these regions would be provided with main services with the revenues of these passageways. The likelihood of this happening, however, is very slim as Moscow looks to reunite the country and Damascus would never accept such an outcome.

Despite the odds of Ankara annexing Idlib and other northern provinces in Syria, Damascus and Moscow would do well to remain wary of Ankara’s treacherous motives in Syria and should proceed with military operations to liberate these occupied territories.

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طهران تقلّص التزاماتها في الاتفاق النووي وترفع نسبة تخصيب اليورانيوم

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إيران تقلّص التزامها بالاتفاق النووي وتجاوز معدل تخصيب اليورانيوم لأكثر من 3.6٪ وصولاً إلى 5%، وتعطي مهلة 60 يوماً جديدة للأوروبيين قبل اتخاذ خطوات أخرى، مؤكدةً “القدرة على استعادة العمل في مفاعل” آراك” للماء الثقيل وانها ستتحرك بناء على احتياجاته”.

ايران تعلن رفع معدل تخصيب اليورانيوم لأكثر من 3.6٪

ايران تعلن رفع معدل تخصيب اليورانيوم لأكثر من 3.6٪

قلصّت إيران التزامها بالاتفاق النووي، معلّنة تجاوز معدل تخصيب اليورانيوم لأكثر من 3.6٪، أملاً بالتوصل إلى حل مع الأوروبيين خلال مهلة الـ60 يوماً الجديدة، قبل اتخاذ خطوات أخرى، منها تفعيل محطة “آراك” اذا لم تنفذ الالتزامات، معلنةً أنها سترفع تخصيب اليورانيوم إلى أي درجة تراها مناسبة وإلى أي كمية تحتاجها.

وأعلن المتحدث باسم الحكومة على ربيعي عن تطبيق إيران للخطوة الثانية في خفض تعهداتها في اطار الاتفاق النووي وقال “سنبدأ اليوم رسمياً بتجاوز مستوى 3.67 % في تخصيب اليورانيوم”.

ربيعي أوضح أن “قرارنا اليوم يصبّ في مصلحة الحفاظ على الاتفاق النووي ولسنا ملزمين بالبقاء فيه”.

وجاء الإعلان عن القرارات الجديدة في مؤتمر صحفي للمتحدث باسم الحكومة الإيرانية علي ربيعي اليوم الأحد ومساعد وزير الخارجية للشؤون السياسية عباس عراقتشي والمتحدث باسم منظمة الطاقة الذرية الإيرانية بهروز كمالوندي.

وذكر عراقتشي أن بلاده “أعطت فرصة للالتزام بالاتفاق النووي وتخفيض التزاماتنا لا يعني الخروج من الاتفاق”، مشيراً إلى أن طريق الدبلوماسية ما زال مفتوحاً وربما يكون هناك أفكار فيما يخصّ بيع نفط إيران واستعادة أمواله.

وقال إن “قرارنا اليوم لا يعني توقف المحادثات والاتصالات مع (لجنة 4+1) لانقاذ الاتفاق النووي”، مشيراً إلى أن “لا مانع لدى طهران في مشاركة الأميركيين في اللجنة المذكورة لكنهم باتوا خارج الاتفاق”.

وإذ أكد “قدرة إيران على استعادة العمل في مفاعل” آراك” للماء الثقيل وأنها ستتحرك بناء على احتياجاته”، أوضح في هذا الاطار أن  “مفاعل بوشهر يحتاج إلى يورانيوم مخصّب بنسبة 5% ليعمل بقدرته الحالية”.

وفي وقتٍ أعلن فيه أن بلاده ستقدم شكوى ضد أميركا لنقضها التزاماتها تجاهها، لم ينس التذكير بأن”هناك رغبة من قبل الصين وروسيا ودول أوروبية في التوّصل إلى حل”.

كمالوندي أوضح أن “قرار اليوم هو خطوة تهدف إلى توفير الوقود للمحطات النووية وسيتم تسريعها، وسنقوم في الساعات المقبلة برفع مستوى التخصيب “.

من جانبه، رأى وزير الخارجية الإيراني محمد جواد ظريف أنه ليست لدى الدول الأوروبية أي ذريعة لتجنب اتخاذ موقف سياسي حازم ومواجهة الاحادية الأميركية.

ظريف اعتبر أنه على الأوروبيين دعم السياسية الإيرانية على الأقل بعد فشلهم في تنفيذ اتفاقاتهم بموجب الاتفاق النووي، مشيراً إلى أن ايران مستعدة للتراجع عن تقليص التزاماتها النووية إذا احترمت الجهات التزاماتها.

Javad Zarif

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Today, Iran is taking its second round of remedial steps under Para 36 of the JCPOA. We reserve the right to continue to exercise legal remedies within JCPOA to protect our interests in the face of US . All such steps are reversible only through E3 compliance.

Javad Zarif

@JZarif

Having failed to implement their obligations under JCPOA—incl after US withdrawal—EU/E3 should at minimum politically support Iran’s remedial measures under Para 36, incl at IAEA.
E3 have no pretexts to avoid a firm political stance to preserve JCPOA & counter U.S unilateralism.

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وكانت طهران قد أمهلت في 8 أيار/ مايو الماضي، الموافق للذكرى الأولى لانسحاب الولايات المتحدة من الاتفاق النووي مع إيران، الدول الأوروبية المشاركة فيه، (بريطانيا وفرنسا وألمانيا)، 60 يوماً للوفاء بتعهداتها تجاه إيران بموجب الصفقة، وإيجاد آلية للتبادل التجاري في ظل العقوبات الأميركية المفروضة ضد طهران.

وهذا يعني أنه بانتهاء مدة المهلة ستخفّض إيران التزاماتها الواردة في الاتفاق النووي، ما لم تؤكد تلك الدول الأوروبية وفاءها لالتزاماتها إزاء إيران بموجب ذلك الاتفاق، بغضّ النظر عن انسحاب الولايات المتحدة منه.

وكان الرئيس الإيراني حسن روحاني قد اعتبر أن العقوبات والضغوط الأميركية على إيران “إجراء إرهابي وحرب اقتصادية سافرة”.

وفي اتصال هاتفي تلقاه من نظيره الفرنسي إيمانويل ماكرون مساء أمس السبت رأى روحاني  أن “استمرار العقوبات الأميركية يمكن أن يؤدي إلى تهديدات أخرى في المنطقة والعالم”.

بدوره، أکد علي أكبر ولايتي مستشار المرشد الإيراني أن بلاده لن تبادر إلى الانسحاب من الاتفاق النووي، بل سيكون لديها رد فعل مقابل كل خطوة تنتهك الاتفاق.

وقال ولايتي إن طهران ستبدأ الخطوة الثانية غداً الأحد وسترفع نسبة التخصيب إلى 3,67 %، معلّناً أن أوروبا منحت فرصة طويلة للالتزام بتعهداتها إزاء الاتفاق بعد الانسحاب الأميركي منه.

كما أشار إلى أنه لا توجد نيّات لإيران للاعتداء على أحد لكنها لن تتنازل بشـأن الدفاع عن نفسها.

 وكان الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب حذّر الخميس الماضي إيران مما سمّاه “عواقب تخصيب اليورانيوم إلى أعلى من السقف الذي يحددّه الاتفاق النووي”.

وكان الأخير أعلن في 8 أيار/ مايو 2018  انسحاب بلاده من الاتفاق النووي، معللاً ذلك بأنه”لا يمكن منع إيران من امتلاك قنبلة نووية استناداً إلى تركيب هذا الاتفاق”، بحسب قوله.

ويعقد مجلس حكام الوكالة الدولية للطاقة الذرية اجتماعاً طارئاً الأربعاء المقبل، بناء على طلب الولايات المتحدة لعرض ما سمتّه انتهاكات إيران للاتفاق النووي.

وتعليقاً على الطلب الأميركي، قالت بعثة إيران في الوكالة إنها لـ”مزحة مرة” أن تطلب واشنطن عقد الاجتماع وهي التي نقضته بخروجها منه بصورة غير قانونية وأحادية.

عراقتشي: ناقلة النفط لم تكن متوجهة إلى سوريا

وفي رد على سؤال، أكد أن ناقلة النفط الإيرانية المحتجزة في جبل طارق لم تكن متجهة نحو سوريا، بخلاف الادعاءات البريطانية.
ووصف عراقتشي احتجاز ناقلة النفط الايرانية في المياه الدولية بأنه “قرصنة بحرية، ولا يوجد اي قانون يسمح لبريطانيا باحتجازها”، مطالباً لندن بالإفراج عنها بسرعة.

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طهران تتحدّث عن شروط التفاوض مع واشنطن وتعلن 7 تموز موعد تقليص التزاماتها النووية

 

يوليو 5, 2019

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أكد وزير الاستخبارات الأمن الداخلي الإيراني محمود علوي، أن دخول بلاده في مفاوضات مع الولايات المتحدة مرهون برفع العقوبات الأميركية وموافقة المرشد الأعلى علي خامنئي.

وأكد علوي، «يمكن أن تعيد إيران النظر في إجراء محادثات مع أميركا، لكن ذلك في حالة رفع ترامب العقوبات وموافقة قائدنا الأعلى على إجراء مثل هذه المحادثات».

وأضاف: «كان الأميركيون مرعوبين من قوة إيران العسكرية، هذا هو السبب في تراجعهم عن مهاجمة إيران».

من جهته، أشار المتحدث باسم المجلس الأعلى للأمن القومي الإيراني، كيوان خسروي، إلى أن انسحاب ترامب من الاتفاق النووي «أحدث جرحاً في طريق الدبلوماسية»، مؤكداً أن «أفضل ترياق لكل التهديدات هو المقاومة النشطة».

وحثّ الاتحاد الأوروبي إيران على «الالتزام ببنود الاتفاق»، لكن طهران تقول إن «التزامها به» سيتراجع تدريجياً إلى أن «تضمن بريطانيا وفرنسا وألمانيا أن يعود عليها بنفع مادي»، وهو ما كان الحافز الرئيسي الذي دفعها للتوقيع عليه.

فيما أعلن المتحدث باسم المجلس الأعلى للأمن القومي الإيراني، كيوان خسروي، أمس، أن «إيران ستبدأ من 7 تموز تنفيذ الخطوة الثانية من تقليص التزاماتها النووية، وذلك في إطار الفقرتين 26 و36 من الاتفاق النووي «.

وردّ خسروي على التهديدات الأخيرة التي أطلقها الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب ضدّ بلاده، قائلاً: «الدبلوماسية والطعن موضوعان متناقضان، ولا يمكن تواجدهما معاً إلا في المدرسة الترامبية».

وأضاف خسروي، قائلاً: « أميركا اتخذت في ما سبق استراتيجية التفرد والخروج من المعاهدات الدولية، وطعنت بمنطق الحوار والدبلوماسية وجرحت الأمن العالمي».

وأشار خسروي إلى أنه «منذ 40 عاماً تواصل أميركا لدغ الشعب الايراني، إلا أن ترياق المقاومة الفاعلة جعل إيران تمضي بصمود وأمل إلى الأمام».

من جهتها، دعت المفوضية الأوروبية، أمس، إيران إلى «التراجع عن زيادة مخزونها من اليورانيوم المخصب فوق الحد المسموح بالاتفاق النووي».

وقالت المتحدثة باسم المفوضية، مايا كوتشيانتيتس، في إحاطة لها، أمس: «في ما يخص إيران، موقفنا واضح وهو أننا ملتزمون بخطة العمل المشتركة والشاملة. ونُعرب عن أسفنا من قرار إيران لأنها ستخل بشروط من الاتفاق».

وأضافت: «ندعو إيران لعكس الخطوات التي أخذتها وتعود للالتزام بالاتفاق النووي».

بدوره، قال وزير المالية الفرنسي برونو لو مير، أمس، إنه يأمل في أن «تستكمل آلية تجارية خاصة جرى إنشاؤها مع إيران أول معاملة محدودة في الأيام المقبلة».

و»إنستيكس» التي أنشأتها فرنسا وبريطانيا وألمانيا هي آلية مقايضة تهدف إلى تفادي التحويلات المالية المباشرة.

وقال لو مير للصحافيين خلال اجتماع في بولندا «نريد أن تدخل إنستيكس حيّز النفاذ في غضون أيام قليلة ونأمل أن يكون بمقدورنا تشغيلها خلال أيام آمل أن يتم استكمال أول معاملة في غضون أيام قليلة».

وأضاف الوزير الفرنسي «أول معاملة ستكون محدودة لكن هذه نقطة بداية ونتوقع أن تكون إنستيكس أداة فعالة».

وأعلن الرئيس الأميركي دونالد ترامب في حزيران الماضي، أنه تراجع عن توجيه ضربة عسكرية قبل دقائق من بدئها، رداً على إسقاط إيران طائرة أميركية مسيّرة فوق مضيق هرمز، مبرراً تراجعه بأن «الضربة كانت ستودي بحياة 150 شخصاً»، وأشار إلى أن «الباب مفتوح أمام إجراء محادثات مع طهران».

ورداً على العقوبات الأميركية التي تستهدف على وجه خاص المصدر الرئيسي للعائدات الإيرانية بالعملة الأجنبية متمثلاً في صادرات النفط الخام، قالت طهران في شهر أيار الماضي، إنها «ستقلّص التزامها بالاتفاق النووي».

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