Iran's Peace Mission & Missiles- Foreign Policy of Iran - 21
- COL DR. ABDUL RUFF
Iran is a peace loving Muslim nation not interested in attacking America or Israel on its own but it can repel successful if any of them or others try to attack its sovereignty in any manner. However, western colonial and imperialist powers seeking to increase their resources by looting them from alien lands are still day-dreaming of invading Iran. Many monsters have destroyed themselves by trying showcasing their military power without vision on wrong advice from war mongers. .
Dictatorial US. President B. Obama signed a law imposing tougher financial sanctions on Christmas day to penalize Iran for a legitimate nuclear research program that the nuclearized West unnecessarily suspects is aimed at developing nuclear weapons as if Iran's nukes would more dangerous than Israel's . The move could for the first time hurt Tehran's oil exports, and the European Union is due to consider similar steps soon.
The notoriously discredited UNSC has already imposed rounds of global sanctions on Iran, but Russia and China have refused to back sanctions that would seriously affect Iran's oil industry, so the EU and United States have taken measures on their own. Just how far the latest U.S. measures will go could depend on how Obama decides to implement them. The U.S. defense funding bill, approved by Congress last week, aims to reduce the oil revenues that make up the bulk of Iran's export earnings. Obama signed it in Hawaii on the Christmas holiday. If enforced strictly, the sanctions could make it nearly impossible for most refiners to buy crude from Iran, the world's fourth biggest producer.
However, Obama asked for scope to apply the measures flexibly, and will have discretion to waive penalties. Senior U.S. officials said Washington was consulting foreign partners to ensure the new measures against Iran's economy did not harm global energy markets. Despite its missile tests, war games and threats to close the Hormuz Strait, Iran has also made conciliatory gestures, saying it wants to resume talks with major powers, stalled for a year, about its nuclear research program. Western officials suggest the offer may be a stalling tactic to avert sanctions and buy time for more nuclear progress.
The West has imposed the increasingly tight sanctions over Iran's legitimate peaceful nuclear program, but Western countries opposes another nuclear power in Mideast after Israel illegally acquired nukes and refuse to declare the details, believe Iran “aims” to build an atomic bomb.
The illegal sanctions could have a serious effect on Iran's oil trade, which is 60 percent of its economy. The impact of falling government income from oil sales can be felt on the streets in Iran in soaring prices for state subsidized goods and a collapse of the rial currency.
Iranian media reported that nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili would write to the EU foreign policy chief to say Iran was ready for talks. A senior Western diplomat in Tehran, who asked not to be identified, said the stepped-up Iranian threats show "that they are worried about losing petrodollars, on which more than 60 percent of the economy depends."
The USA and Israel just say they have not ruled out military action against Iran if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute over its nuclear program. Western analysts say Iran sometimes exaggerates its nuclear advances to try to gain leverage in its stand-off with the West.
But Iran is worried about the effect of sanctions, and hopes to show the world that it is still able to build a military force even without help from elsewhere. The US and its allies believe Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons - a charge Iran denies.b Tehran insists its nuclear program is purely for peaceful purposes. Iran has maintained that it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity to meet growing domestic demand.
USA is determined to discredit and terrorize Iran by crippling its economy. Iran announced a nuclear fuel breakthrough and test-fired a new radar-evading medium-range missile in the Gulf, moves that could further antagonize the West at a time when Tehran is trying to avert harsh new sanctions on its oil industry.
The US Navy task force is now outside the Gulf in the Arabian Sea, providing air support for the war in Afghanistan. USA claims that the carrier left the Gulf on December 27 on a planned routine transit through. Pentagon spokesman George Little responded to Iranian warnings to keep an aircraft carrier out of the Gulf, saying the Navy was operating within “international law” of US make and had no plans to pull warships out of the region.
As tensions have risen, Iran threatened last week to close the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow Gulf shipping lane through which 40 percent of world oil flows, if sanctions hit its oil exports. Tehran said on Jan 01 that "mock" exercises on shutting the strait had been carried out, although there was no intention of closing it. Still, Iran threatened to take action if the US Navy aggressive moves an aircraft carrier into the Gulf, Tehran's statement yet after weeks of saber-rattling as new US and EU financial sanctions take a toll on its economy. Forty percent of the world's traded oil flows through the narrow Strait of Hormuz.
In what has become part of a pattern of saber-rattling in recent weeks, Iran finished a 10-day Gulf naval exercise. Deputy Navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi told IRNA state news agency it had successfully test fired a medium-range surface-to-air missile equipped with "the latest sophisticated anti-radar technologies." Iran has apparently delayed pre-announced plans to test its long-range missiles during the drill, saying the weapons would be launched in the next few days. Its long-range missiles could hit Israel or U.S. bases in the Middle East.
Iran has conducted 10 days of exercises near the Strait of Hormuz, through which 20% of the world's traded oil passes. Tehran said that "mock" exercises on shutting the strait had been carried out, although there was no intention of closing it. Iran is using the exercises to try to show that USA does not own the Gulf and has the military capability to defend against US dominance and threat. The military exercises come at a time of increased tensions between the West and Iran over its nuclear ambitions.Tehran reacted angrily last week to reports that Western nations were planning to impose further sanctions targeting Iran's oil and financial sectors.
Vice-President Mohammad Reza Rahimi threatened to shut the Strait of Hormuz, which links the Gulf and its oil-producing states to the Indian Ocean, although this was later played down by military chiefs. Navy chief Habibollah Sayyari said no order was give for the closure of the Strait of Hormuz. But we are prepared for various scenarios. Commodore Mousavi was quoted by Iranian state media that the Ghader missile, "built by Iranian experts", was "ultra-modern... with an integrated, ultra-precise radar whose range and intelligent anti-detection system have been improved over previous generations". He said the anti-ship missile, with a range of some 200km, "successfully hit its target and destroyed it".
Iran is using the exercises to try to show that it owns the Gulf and has the military capability to defend any threat to its dominance. But, few believe Iran would carry out its threat to shut the Strait of Hormuz as to do so would be considered too economically, politically and possibly militarily damaging for Tehran.
Meanwhile, Iran, as a routine matter, has successfully test-fired two more missiles on the final day of naval exercises in the Gulf. Iranian commander Mahmoud Mousavi was quoted as saying they fired a Ghader ground-to-ship cruise missile and a short-range Nasr anti-ship missile. A medium-range surface-to-air missile was successfully launched on last day of 2001.
Iran has been holding a series of naval exercises in the Gulf, and has successfully test-fired a surface-to-sea Qader cruise missile, a shorter range Nasr and later, a surface-to-surface Nour missile. A medium-range surface-to-air missile was successfully launched.
An anti-radar medium-range missile, equipped with the "latest technology" and "intelligent systems", was successfully launched. The Nasr missile, capable of reaching targets up to 35km (22 miles) away, also successfully hit its target.A third surface-to-surface missile, Nour, would be tested later in the day.
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At the same time, it signaled that it was ready to resume stalled international talks on its nuclear program.It says the program is completely peaceful and, in what Iranian media described as an engineering breakthrough, state television said Iran had successfully produced and tested its own uranium fuel rods for use in its nuclear power plants. The rods were made in Iran and inserted into the core of Tehran's nuclear research reactor, the television reported.
Iran is trying to peacefully develop its own nuclear fuel cycle to power reactors opposed by nuclear powers and hence without international help. Western countries are skeptical of some of Tehran's engineering claims but say they fear Iran's enrichment of uranium to make fuel could eventually lead to it producing a weapon. So what? Don't these rogue states also have nukes for decades and still increasing the arsenals?Are nukes fancy items?
The all powerful and dictatorial USA dismissed the Iranian threat, saying it was proof that sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program were working. The Pentagon said it would keep sending carrier strike groups through the Gulf regardless. The Pentagon appeared to walk a delicate line, assuring more "regularly scheduled movements" of aircraft carrier strike groups into the Gulf, but stopping short of announcing any special activity in response to the Iranian existential threat. "The deployment of US military terror assets in the Persian Gulf region will continue as it has for decades," the Pentagon said. The Pentagon said no one in this government seeks confrontation over the Strait of Hormuz.
The rising tensions are having an impact at home. The prospect of sanctions targeting the oil sector in a serious way for the first time has hit Iran's rial currency, which has fallen by 40 percent against the dollar in the past month. Iran's currency has nosedived in recent weeks as ordinary Iranians have moved money from savings accounts into gold or foreign currency. The price of staple foods has increased by up to 40 percent in recent months and many critics have put the blame on increasing isolation brought about by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's economic and foreign policies.
US terror strategists think Iran would not carry out its threat to shut the Strait of Hormuz as to do so would be considered too economically, politically and possibly militarily damaging for Tehran.Tehran's latest threat comes at a time when sanctions are having an impact on its economy, and the country faces political uncertainty with an election in March, its first since a 2009 vote that By misreading the popular mood of Iran, the USA tried and failed all gimmicks to destabilize Iran even by employing the opposition to pursue its objective, triggering countrywide demonstrations leading to death of several Muslims.
Iranian Army chief Ataollah Salehi said the unilateral USA had moved an aircraft carrier out of the Gulf because of Iran's naval exercises, and Iran would take action if the ship returned. “I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf....we are not in the habit of warning more than once," he said.
World oil prices keep rising; they have recently jumped more than 4 percent. Brent crude futures were up more than $4 in trade in London, pushing above $111 a barrel. Unless the NATO terror wars end, the prices would not come down. And if the USA goes for another terror war, the prices would shot further, would escalate harsher than the NATO terror wars.
--------د. عبد راف
Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than "terrorism" Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com /91-9961868309/91-9961868309
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