The State Department’s Iran Action Group will mostly focus on “nukes, terrorism, and the detention of American citizens.”
Sixty-five year ago this week, a CIA-backed coup toppled Mohammed Mosaddegh, Iran’s democratically elected prime minister. The goal of the coup was to strengthen the hand of the West’s ally, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the creation of a new Iran Action Group to coordinate U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear accord with Iran, Defense One News reports.
“Unprecedented financial pressure in the form of the strongest sanctions in history. The Iranian regime has been fighting all over the Middle East for years, After our sanctions come in force, it will be battling to keep its economy alive. Iran will be forced to make a choice: Either fight to keep its economy off life support at home or squander precious wealth on fights abroad. It will not have the resources to do both. ” ~ Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Pompeo’s list of demands on Iran was long. If it wanted diplomatic and commercial relationships with the U.S., he said, it would have to end its ballistic-missile program as well as its support for terrorist groups like Hezbollah and its regional malfeasance in places like Iran and Syria. The contours of the list were familiar; many of the demands echoed what the Iran deal’s critics said had been left out of the nuclear deal, rendering it in their view fatally flawed.
“If you look at it, these are 12 basic requirements; the length of the list is simply the scope of the maligning behavior of Iran. We didn’t create the list, they did.”
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Kahmenei, shut the door this week on that prospect when he said that even permitting Iran’s foreign minister to talk to the Obama administration on what eventually became the JCPOA was a mistake. “It was a loss for us,” he said. Other Iranian officials say they will not talk to the U.S., either.
“Along with sanctions, Americans have recently raised two more options: war and talks. War will not happen and we will not enter talks. Washington has exaggerated the possibility of a war with Iran. We have never started a war, and they will not confront Iran militarily. America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal is clear proof that America cannot be trusted. I ban holding any talks with America.” ~ Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
U.S. military officials from the Pentagon told Fox News last week that a “Fateh-110 missile” was test-fired by Iran during naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz last week, the range of the ballistic missile is unknown at this time.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.