President Hassan Rouhani Threatens for Consequences
The US pressure on global community to stop buying Iranian oil by early November may trigger a regional crisis and force Iran to completely stop oil movement in the region. This was indicated by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday when he stressed that “it is not possible for the region’s oil to be exported while Iran’s oil is not”.
While addressing Iranian Diaspora in Swiss capital Bern, Rouhani said, “It would be meaningless that Iran cannot export its oil while others in the region can. Do this if you can and see its consequences.” Observers believe this could be serious threat.
He said that Iranian nation has never bowed and will never bow to the foreign pressures. He said that Swiss officials have voiced their support to JCPOA and reiterated for continuation of economic ties with Iran. Representatives of 40 Swiss companies are scheduled to hold talks with Iranian counterparts on Tuesday, he informed.
Rouhani is currently visiting Europe to discuss the fate of the multilateral nuclear deal after US withdrawal. After visiting Switzerland he is scheduled to go to Austria where he will meet President Alexander Van der Bellen and Chancellor Sebastian Kurs.
On Monday, Rouhani met his Swiss counterpart Alain Berset and discussed issues of common interest and explored the ways to strengthen ties in various fields. He described the Iran deal as “multilateral international agreement” adding that the US withdrawal from the accord proved its lack of commitment to its international obligations.
Meanwhile, Brian Hook, the State Department Director of Policy Planning, on Monday, has spelled out a campaign of “maximum economic and diplomatic pressure” to drive Iran towards negotiating a “better” deal to replace the Iran nuclear deal.
He told reporters that Iran is not a “normal” country and must meet 12 demands in order to be relieved of US sanctions. “Normal countries don’t terrorize other nations, proliferate missiles and impoverish their own people,” he said.
He further said, “This new strategy is not about changing the regime, it is about changing the behaviour of the leadership in Iran to comport with what the Iranian people really want them to do.”
US Department of State called on its allies in Europe, Asia and the Middle East to adhere to the sanctions with the aim of pressuring Iran into negotiating a new agreement.
By the end of this week Hook is scheduled to visit aome European allies: Britain, France and Germany to discuss Iran. Hook has also said he and senior Treasury Department officials would visit Gulf states “in the coming days.”
Hook told reporters that the goal of the US was to get as many countries as possible down to zero Iranian oil imports. “Our goal is to increase pressure on the Iranian regime by reducing to zero its revenue on crude oil sales,” he said.
“We are working to minimize disruptions to the global market but we are confident there is sufficient global spare oil capacity.”
He also claimed that more than 50 international firms have already announced their intention to leave the Iranian market, especially in the energy and financial sectors.
The State Department official said that new sanctions, describes as “snap back” sanctions, will begin on August 4, targeting Iran’s automotive sector and its trade in gold and other key metals.
The second set of sanctions will snap back on November 6 targeting Iran’s energy sector, focusing on petroleum-related transactions, plus transactions with the central bank of Iran.
The move comes two months after US President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
During 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war, when most of the Arab states and Western countries were supporting Iraq’s Saddam Hussein regime against newly established Islamic Republic of Iran after throwing pro-US Shah Pehlavi out of power, Tehran had threatened to stop oil movement from regional Arab countries by blocking the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most strategic important choke point. It is the narrowest strait having width of 54 kms.
Observers consider that Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani’s threat of “consequences” in case Iran’s oil was not allowed to be exported may cause a huge crisis in the region.
Meanwhile Major General Gholam Ali Rashid, a senior commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), said on Monday, that any threat against Iran at any level will not be left unanswered and emphasised that the country’s armed forces were fully prepared to give a firm and crushing response to enemies.