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No Trump madness!

by our Middle East Affairs correspondent

DONALD TRUMP is considering bombing Iran in a final act of madness to mark the end of his presidency in January. The New York Times says Trump was advised against strikes on Iranian nuclear sites by senior advisers warning of the risk of triggering a major conflict.

The paper claims that Trump, who still refuses to accept the outcome of the 2020 American presidential election, may not have entirely given up however, on the idea of staging attacks on Iran or its allies in the Middle East.

Trump reportedly called a meeting with his aides to ask whether it was possible to launch an attack on Iran’s main nuclear site in the coming weeks. But Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others told the outgoing president that such action could spiral out of control.

The Iranians repeatedly maintain that their nuclear programme is peaceful but a senior Iranian official has said that they will hit key Israeli targets if the Americans attack the Islamic Republic. Iran will respond to any US attacks on its territory, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, adding that “any action against the Iranian nation would certainly face a crushing response”.

And at UN headquarters in New York, Iranian spokesman Alireza Miryousefi said his country will respond to any act of “adventurism” by means of its military prowess.

Miryousefi said the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme is devised purely for peaceful purposes and civilian use, underlining that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified this issue on several occasions.

tore up

Two years ago, Trump unilaterally tore up the internationally backed nuclear deal with Tehran that was bitterly opposed by the Israelis. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a willing tool of the Trump administration, claimed that the deal “would not block Iran’s path to the bomb. It would pave it”.

Following its much-criticised exit, US imperialism tried to kill the deal by preventing the remaining signatories – Britain, France, Germany, People’s China and Russia – from abiding by their own commitments to the international agreement. US imperialism then unleashed its so-called maximum pressure campaign, targeting Iran with draconian measures to try to bring the Islamic Republic to its knees. But that didn’t happen.

final shot

Franco-German imperialism is urging the USA to return to a common approach towards Iran in order to make sure that the Iranian nuclear programme is peaceful – London agrees. Meanwhile, president-elect Joe Biden is believed to be ready to lift the sanctions regime and return to the agreement brokered by his Democrat predecessor, Barak Obama, and America’s European allies when he moves into the White House in January. Trump is determined to sabotage this in a final shot against the Iranians.

Iran says it will only negotiate with the USA to restore the nuclear deal if the sanctions are lifted and compensation paid for the economic losses suffered by the Islamic Republic under the US sanctions regime. But in a conciliatory gesture towards the incoming Biden team this week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country was ready to discuss how the USA can return to the international agreement.