TIME RUNNING OUT FOR IRAN’S NUKE DEAL
With only days to go before President Trump must decide if he will grant the Iranian regime compliance with the nuclear deal on 15th October, the sands of time are rapidly running out for Tehran’s fascist rulers. President Trump told a meeting of the United Nations in September that the deal was “an embarrassment” to the United States. If Trump refuses to certify Iran’s compliance with the deal, which seems highly likely, Congress will have 60 days to decide whether to reapply the crippling sanctions lifted by Obama after the deal was signed. It seems reasonable to assume that the deal will have been consigned to the dustbin of history before this year ends.
There is increasing speculation that the Iranian regime is financing North Korea’s nuclear programme, despite worldwide condemnation and the imposition of heavy sanctions against Kim Jong-un’s rogue state even by China. On 23rd September President Trump tweeted: "Iran just test-fired a ballistic missile capable of reaching Israel. They are also working with North Korea." Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton added that when Iran wants nuclear weapons it simply has to write a cheque and hand it to the North Koreans. The axis of evil is not a metaphor, he said, it’s a reality.
The US National Security Adviser - General H.R. McMaster - said in September: “The President has already declared that the Iranian regime is not living up to its obligation. They are certainly not living up to the spirit of this agreement. Instead of contributing to regional peace and security, as the deal calls for, Iran is using proxy forces and a terrorist network to foment violence and victimize innocents across the greater Middle East. The Iranian regime is seeding these networks with increasingly destructive weapons as they try to establish a bridge from Iran to Lebanon and Syria.”
Obama’s policy of appeasement towards Iran was a huge mistake. The nuclear deal was totally one-sided, giving endless concessions to the Iranian regime. Its leniency made it easy for the mullahs continually to run a cart and horses through the terms of the agreement with virtual impunity. This in turn encouraged the North Korean’s to accelerate their own nuclear weapons’ programme, inspired by the apparent weakness of the West. There is now a growing awareness that the best way of dealing with North Korea is by taking tough action against Iran.
There is also a growing awareness in the White House that the Iranian regime and its Islamic Revolutionary guards Corps (IRGC) are the main bankers and exporters of conflict and terror across the Middle East. The IRGC and its body responsible for extra-territorial operations - the Quds Force – both now listed as terrorist organisations by the Americans, are the main vehicles for Iran’s aggressive expansionism in the Middle East. The IRGC has for decades been carrying out terrorist attacks across the zone, including in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. Over the past six years the world has witnessed in horror how the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has massacred his own people, while enjoying unlimited financial and military support from Iran and air cover from the Russians.
The IRGC finances, arms and leads most of the brutal Shi’ite militias rampaging through the predominantly Sunni provinces of Iraq, massacring families and levelling ancient cities like Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul in the name of the war against Daesh (ISIS). It is a great irony that Iran has exploited the campaign against Daesh as an opportunity to carry out their genocidal crusade against the Sunnis, at the same time fooling the West into regarding the theocratic regime as an ally, even coaxing the US and EU into providing vital air support. Iran exports terror. This is the real Iran under the theocratic and fascist rule of the mullahs, whose so-called ‘moderate’ president Rouhani the West believes it can do deals with. Rouhani is in charge of a venally corrupt government, which has executed over 3500 people since he took office in 2013, over 300 so far this year.
America has at long last recognized the Iranian regime as the Godfather of terror. They have recognized that the mullahs are behind Assad in Syria, the brutal Shi’ia militias in Iraq, the Houthi rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon. The West’s policy of appeasement towards Iran has come to a shuddering stop and the world now looks to the US, EU and UN to show leadership and determination in backing the 80 million beleaguered Iranians who ache and pray for the removal of this corrupt and evil regime and the restoration of human rights, women’s rights, freedom, justice and democracy to this long-suffering nation.
Sunday 15th October will be an historic day and all eyes will be on the White House. The world waits for President Trump to tear up Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal and to tell the turbaned tyrants in Tehran that their days are numbered.