US Charges Aimed at Justifying Its Aggressive Policy

US Charges Aimed at Justifying Its Aggressive PolicyUS Charges Aimed at Justifying Its Aggressive Policy

A lawmaker dismissed renewed US accusations against Iran at a recent UN meeting as another desperate move to enlist support for its bellicose Iran approach, which also involves attempts to torpedo the nuclear deal.

"The United States is whipping up its anti-Iran hype to prepare for officially announcing its exit from the JCPOA," Javad Jamali said in a Friday talk with ICANA.

JCPOA stands for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal title of a hard-earned deal Tehran brokered with the administration of former US president Barack Obama and those of the other five powers, namely the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany, in July 2015 following almost two years of negotiations.

It scaled back Iran's nuclear work in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

Jamali was referring to charges made against the Islamic Republic by US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, in her latest anti-Iran tirade at a meeting of the UN Security Council on Thursday.

She described Iran as "the leading cause of instability in an unstable part of the world," claiming that it supports "terrorists and proxy militants".

"It provides ballistic missiles in violation of UN arms embargoes. Its proxies launch them at civilian targets, as we saw when Houthi militias in Yemen fired an Iranian-supplied missile at an airport in Riyadh... When the council passed Resolution 2231, it endorsed the nuclear agreement and it retained its series of prohibitions on Iran's behavior. The Iranian [government] has repeatedly violated these prohibitions. And in doing so, it has repeatedly shown itself to be unworthy of our trust and our confidence," Haley claimed.

Iran denies western charges about its "destabilizing" role in the region, stressing that it has intervened in regional conflicts at the request of the governments of affected countries to provide advisory backing in their fight against foreign-sponsored militancy. Jamali highlighted the Islamic Republic's role in preventing the disintegration of Iraq and Syria, the former strongholds of the self-styled Islamic State, the most hatred terrorist group that was recently dislodged from the two Arab countries, over which it reigned for three years.

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"Had it not been for Iran's honest presence, we would be witnessing the break-up of Iraq and Syria today, so Iran is an important part of the solution in the campaign to promote regional stability, unlike the Americans who should be viewed as the main cause of instability and the main problem of the region," the lawmaker said.  

Trump kept the Iran agreement alive by renewing sanctions waivers on Jan. 12. But he warned that the US would pull out unless "terrible flaws" in the deal are fixed within 120 days, in an ultimatum to the US Congress and European participants in the deal that have resisted his call for reopening the pact.

The hawkish Republican says the deal has left US concerns over Tehran's regional and missile activities unaddressed, questioning the worthwhileness of the international agreement. It is enshrined in Resolution 2231, under which Iran is "called upon" to refrain from work related to developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.

Tehran argues the resolution's language on the ban does not make it obligatory and insists it has and will never seek missiles capable of delivering nuclear warheads.


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