Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak says any decision to attack Iran’s nuclear program is “very far off.” Barak said on Wednesday January 18 “no decision has been made to take such action”, as Israel prepares for a visit this week by U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, who is expected to push Israel into backing a war with Iran.
Russian officals said on Wednesday that a military strike against Iran would be a “catastrophe” that would inflame tensions between Sunnis and Shi’ites in the region.
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov also said all possible sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program have been “exhausted.”
Lavrov indicated that additional sanctions have “nothing to do” with nuclear non-proliferation and instead are aimed at hurting the Iranian economy and people.
ALL PART OF THE PLAN
Some suspect it is part of a wider effort by the US for regime change around the world, in accordance with the “Plan”, according to U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.) (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXS3vW47mOE ) .
The United States and its allies have been tightening sanctions on Iran to pressure it into stopping enriching uranium. They accuse of Iran of trying to develop a nuclear weapon, while presenting no real evidence of that.
Tehran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
European Union diplomats said Tuesday their member states are set to ban the import of Iranian oil from July 1, giving companies time to phase out existing contracts. The deal is expected to be completed in the coming days, according to voice of America. This deal, so called, is expected to benefit the Saudi’s who are taking advantage of the situation to rise oil prices.
The Saudi’s have also indicated their wish to have a nuclear weapon, something the US has not voiced opposition on.
But as Iran prepares to host a delegation of senior U.N. nuclear officials later this month, Lavrov says an EU embargo could hurt the chances of renewing negotiations with Iran about it’s nuclear program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a report last November saying it has evidence suggesting Iran has been researching the delivery of nuclear weapons.
Iran says the report is based on fabrications and lies, saying its nuclear program is only for peaceful use.
The EU bought about a fifth of Iranian oil last year, collectively rivaling China as the main buyer.
An EU embargo would deprive Iran of vital foreign currency income.
Iran is the second largest oil producer in the OPEC cartel after Saudi Arabia, which has sought to raise prices during the controversy over Iran’s “alleged” nuclear program.
Iranian representative to OPEC Mohammad Ali Khatibi warned Tuesday a EU embargo on Iranian oil would be “economic suicide” for the 27-nation bloc, whose members are trying to overcome a debt crisis.
The embargo has also had unintended consequences such as a dramatic raise in gas prices in America amid fears of oil disruption (see article: ‘Iran sanctions backfire on recession-hit West’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWFVTjk6Hx0
“The sanction has had the effect of hurting the American economy at a time when it is struggling to overcome a serious recession”, said Jason Quinn of Charlotte, N.C. “It is basically an act of war designed to cripple Iran’s economy. If the situation was reversed we would be understandably upset with such actions designed to cripple our economy.
Iran has threatened to respond to an oil embargo by closing the Strait of Hormuz if attacked by the United States. The Strait of Hormuz is a vital waterway for the global oil trade which passes through Iranian territorial waters. The Iranians assert the right to protect and defend the Strait from foreign enemies.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Iran’s threat “provocative and dangerous.” But the real provocation has come from the United States which has moved a nuclear air craft carrier into the region in preparation for a possible pre-emptive military strike. An act one Russian military official called both “reckless and counter-productive.”
“The US seem hell bent on starting another war it can’t afford”, said Daniel Collins of Charlotte, who questions the rationale of Pentagon officials in wanting to provoke another war right now. “Isn’t one war enough for these people, that we got to seek another”, he said.