May 11, 2019, 12:07 PM
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Indian columnist: Trump follows Israeli-Saudi lead on Iran

Tehran, May 11, IRNA - A senior Indian columnist believes that US president Donald Trump follows the Israeli-Saudi lead on Iran by re-imposing the US unilateral sanctions on Iran.

Rudroneel Ghosh, the columnist of the Times of India said in an exclusive with IRNA that the White House hostile actions against Iran attempting to zero Iranian crude oil exports are recommended by the Israeli-Saudi lobby in United States.

“The US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal was without any justification since by all accounts, including that of the US, Iran abides by all terms and conditions of the deal to restrict its nuclear program in exchange for lifting the sanctions on the Islamic Republic. Legally speaking, the US had no any credible excuse for pulling out of the deal. Yet, Trump sees Iran as a state trying to destabilize the Middle East. In fact, the US president is simply following the Israeli-Saudi line on Iran. So, in effect, Trump got the US to renege on a deal that the latter itself had drafted, at the behest of Tel Aviv and Riyadh.'

On the possible impact of the US move on India, the seasoned analyst of the world affairs said, “The US has decided to end waivers for all countries importing Iranian oil. The decision comes as current waivers end on May 2, leaving countries like India that import significant quantities of Iranian oil vulnerable. New Delhi now not only has to line up additional sources of crude supply but also deal with the hike in price of crude once the Iranian oil is effectively taken off the global market. The American move is a consequence of the Donald Trump administration’s campaign of maximum pressure on Iran following Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year.'

'Now, the Trump administration may try to justify its action by citing Iran’s ballistic missile development or Iran’s support of Hezbollah or the Houthis. But these issues were never part of the nuclear deal. The deal is very specific in its aim and scope. It was meant to allay fears that Iran was developing a nuclear bomb. And Iran had, so far, held up its end of the bargain. It is the US that broke the deal on the basis of extraneous factors. Given this background, how can Trump possibly want a new deal with Iran? How can the Iranians trust him? How do they know that the US won’t eventually renege on that deal too? Trump himself has damaged American credibility,” Gosh said

On the US’ possible objectives in re-imposing sanctions on Iran, he said, “Though the US president has said that his actions aren’t aimed at the Iranian people but only target the Iranian government. This argument is plain bogus. Bringing Iranian oil exports to zero will definitely hurt the Iranian people. The Iranian Rial will be pulled downward and inflation in the Iranian economy will significantly go up. The only conclusion then is that the US is trying to implement a regime change in Iran through fomenting unrest. For, there is no way that the Iranian regime will come to the negotiating table under pressure.'

Calling upon the world community to help Iran at this juncture, the senior journalist said, “Given these circumstances, the international community must help out Iran. The EU has already created a mechanism to skirt the US sanctions although it is still in its early phases. India too should look at such approaches as Iran, apart from being a crucial oil supplier, is a key for India’s Afghanistan strategy. The Chabahar port bears testimony to this. Hence, it is in India’s interest to continue dealing with Iran.'

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