Coercive policies against Iran doomed to failure: Pak daily

Islamabad, May 1, IRNA -- A Pakistani English news daily has said that the US and its allies must stop pursuing coercive policies towards Iran because they are doomed to failure.

'Business Recorder' said in case Washington continues with its plan for government change in Iran, the Islamic Republic will effectively respond, both militarily and politically.

The paper added the US unilaterally withdrew last year from the nuclear deal which Iran had signed with world powers in 2015. “But neither the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nor other signatories to the deal agreed with the American position and kept working with Iran,” it said.

The paper said quite a few senior officials in the Trump administration say the United States is not for government change in Iran - a position repeatedly rejected by Iran.

Paper added Iran says by withdrawing waivers and restoring sanctions the United States wants to make life difficult for Iranians so they would 'take action' against the government.

“This is how America changed governments that did not jell with its regional and international interests,” it said.

“In this particular case, it is the 'B-team - Bolton, Bibi, bin Zayad, bin Salman - who want to drag in the United States,” the editorial said.

It said the use of coercion as a weapon of choice for government change in the Middle East is not something new. “In terms of human sufferings its successes and failures have a very high cost,” the paper noted.

It added Iran has made abundantly clear that 'if our oil does not go through the strait, other countries' oil will certainly not cross the strait, too'.

“Keeping the Strait of Hormuz open is therefore in the interest of all Persian Gulf oil producers,” said the paper.

“It is an obligation on the part of international community to reject use of force as a tool of international diplomacy,” said the paper.

The editorial said if the United States goes ahead with its plan to hamper sale of Iranian oil, most likely Tehran will quit the nuclear treaty and revert to its original position.

“We believe it should be in the larger interest of America's regional allies that Iran is not forced to do it mainly because of the fact that it would trigger far-reaching consequences for those very US allies who want a government change in Iran,” it warned.

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