New U.S. Pressures Against Iran

September 21, 2004

On September 18, the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors passed a resolution demanding that Iran freeze all activities related to uranium enrichment.

This resolution was passed under extreme pressure from the U.S. which is demanding that Iran be denied its right to pursue the development of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes even though international law and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, in particular, guarantee this right.

The government of Iran has repeatedly insisted that its nuclear activities are solely for the peaceful production of electrical energy and that it would reject any attempts to infringe on its sovereignty and treaty rights to pursue this program. Last week, Mohamed ElBaradei, director of the IAEA, admitted that after more than a dozen unannounced inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities in the recent period, he is convinced that most issues have been clarified and that Iran is cooperating with the IAEA.

However, the U.S. is drumming up the so-called "nuclear issue," not only to prevent the development of Iran's nuclear industry but also as part of its all-around pressure and interference against the country. In fact, it seems as if the U.S. is echoing the same script against Iran that it used in preparing its illegal invasion of Iraq.

The U.S. wants to bully the international community to impose punitive sanctions on Iran and to isolate the Iranian government diplomatically, politically and economically. Leading media personalities in the U.S., as well as official government spokespersons, have repeatedly branded Iran as a "rogue" state and have called for preemptive military strikes against it.

On June 24, in testimony before Congress, John Bolton, Under-Secretary for Arms Control and International Security, said: "I cannot say that the U.S. can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Iran has an offensive BW (Biological Weapons) Program. The intelligence I have seen suggests that this is the case, and, as a policy matter therefore, I believe we have to act on that assumption. The risks to international peace and security from such programs are too great to wait for irrefutable proof of illicit activity: responsible members of the international community should act to head off such threats . . . It would be folly indeed to wait for the threat fully to mature before trying to stop it." In July, Charles Krauthammer, a syndicated newspaper columnist known for close ties with the Bush administration, writes even more explicitly: "There are only two things that will stop the Iranian nuclear program: revolution from below or an attack on its nuclear facilities. . . . The long-awaited revolution is not happening. Which makes the question of preemptive attack all the more urgent."

Just as with Iraq, the U.S., without any proof, is trying to create a hysteria about Iran and alleged "weapons of mass destruction," in order to bring about "regime change" in that country. Gaining control over Iran and its huge oil resources are part of U.S. imperialism's grand strategy for recolonizing the entire Middle East.