May 25, 2019, 12:07 PM
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US must remember Iran is not Iraq: Pak analyst

Islamabad, May 25, IRNA -- Pakistan’s former permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva says that US before indulging any conflict with Iran should remember that Iran is not Iraq.

Zamir Akram in his article published in daily ‘Express Tribune’ said Trump’s policy is driven by Christian Zionism and powerful American Zionist lobby.
Pakistan’s former permanent representative to Conference on Disarmament said the US is actually seeking to bring about government change in Iran — an objective that has been openly advocated by Trump and his team, including Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“Such step, however, would be even more destructive, including for the US, than the disastrous outcomes of American regime change in Iraq, Libya or Syria,” he said.

He said during his election campaign, Trump had criticized the US involvement in foreign conflicts, and as President, he has lately tried to disengage from Afghanistan and Syria but Trump has made no secret of his intentions to forcibly change two elected governments — in Venezuela and Iran.
Former envoy said that Netanyahu is Trump’s closet ally on whose demands the US Embassy has been shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) has been rejected; crippling sanctions imposed on Iran and attempts being made for government change in Tehran.
Akram added while America pulled out of the JCPOA in May last year, other signatories, Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and the EU, are keen to save the deal.

He said Iran has now asked the remaining JCPOA signatories to take “concrete action” otherwise there would be “consequences”.
The expert noted America’s European allies have also refused to support the US allegations against Iran while also opposing any government change. “The other major powers, Russia and China, have rejected American claims, calling for restraint and dialogue,” said the analyst.
He said a war with Iran would be even more disastrous than the one with Iraq.

“Iran’s size and population are much larger than Iraq. Tehran also has a larger arsenal of missiles and naval capabilities which could be used to block the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf from where 40% of the world’s oil passes through daily,” he warned.

He said in this deteriorating regional environment, Pakistan needs to be more proactive in ensuring restraint and de-escalation by the US.
Akram said Pakistan should clearly oppose any attempt for government change in Iran. “Pakistan should also emphasize the need for fully implementing the JCPOA,” said the analyst.
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