Iran Lured Into Nuke Talk Trap – Second Time Around
nsnbc : EU Foreign Affairs Chief Baroness Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif issued a joint statement before international media in Vienna, saying that the P5+1 and Iran had agreed on prolonging the talks about Iran’s nuclear program. While Iran agreed on prolonging the “talks” and continues maintaining a relatively neutral stance on key security issues, its “partners” continue their wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine.
Ashton and Zarif issued a joint statement, saying that the P5+1 and Iran have worked intensely towards a joint plan of action and on building political momentum created by the adoption and implementation of it. The two underlined that the parties held numerous meetings in different formats and in a constructive atmosphere aimed at reaching a long-term solution and to assure Iran’s nuclear energy program would be exclusively peaceful.
Ashton and Zarif announced their decision to extend the talks and to reconvene in the coming weeks in different formats with the clear determination to reach to an agreement on a Joint Comprehensive Action Plan at the earliest possible moment.
Independent political analysts and nsnbc editor Christof Lehmann commented on the joint statement, saying that this was the second time that Iran had fallen into the “talk trap” while some of its purported “partners” continue waging a war against Iran’s neighbors and allies.
In a talk with nsnbc, Lehmann said that it is more than “apparent” hat Iran has been moderating its position with regard to foreign policy and security in the apparent hope it would promote an understanding about its nuclear energy program.
“While Iran, evidently, attempts to showcase that it is a peaceful partner, its so-called partners in the nuclear talks, particularly the U.S.A. and the UK, are waging a war on Iran’s actual partners and allies which are Syria, Iraq, and most recently Russia. It is beyond me, that Iran maintains its neutral position with regards to Ukraine when even evidence in the public domain is sufficient to document that the “crisis in Ukraine” is a 4th generation war waged against Russia”.
Lehmann added, that Iran has U.S. troops to its East, in Afghanistan, Saudi-sponsored and U.S. supervised Islamic State brigades to its West, the U.S. 5th fleet to its South, and a number of minorities who are on stand-by to launch a Syria-style operation in Iran any time the Pentagon decides that its time to move forward with long-held plans. He added:
“In 2013, Iran put pressure on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, threatening it with leaving it because it didn’t sufficiently emphasize the organization’s security dimensions. If I was wearing Iran’s shoes, I would look to the West, the East, the South, at U.S. State Department funded “minorities” in Iran, and then I would think long and hard before I sold out on my actual partners for the sake of empty promises, given by psychopathic regimes. The day that Iran needs its allies may come sooner rather than later”.
In May 2014, the Iranian print and online newspaper Siasat Rooz published an interview with Lehmann in which he also questioned “the wisdom of Iran’s neutral position with regard to Ukraine”. In the interview he stressed:
“Iran’s silence about Ukraine is “deafening” and in part motivated by its negotiations about its nuclear program. Is it a wise position? To know the answer to that question, we could ask whether it is wise to try to appease colonialism, imperialism or fascism, or if appeasing them generally motivates them to increase their demands?”
He added that Iran also was silent in 2011, when Libya was targeted. He stressed that Tehran, in fact, counted on benefiting from the situation, hoping for a Muslim Brotherhood government, and called the NATO-Gulf Arab and Zionist engineered “Arab Spring” a “revolution”. Lehmann stressed that Iran lost then, the respect of many, worldwide, who defend its international rights as a matter of principle.
F/AK – nsnbc 20.07.2014