Sunday, July 26, 2015

After Nuclear Deal: Iran Out Telling Regional Nations They Are Not A Threat

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif 


The remarks from the Iranian FM is potentially very good news, but  I am also pretty sure the entire GOP will view it with using their other jaundiced eye of distrust and disapproval as they move toward approving, or not, the agreement deal.

This story has several good points from a Reuters report from Kuwait here, in part: 

KUWAIT (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister called for a united front among Middle Eastern nations to fight militancy, in his first regional trip since Iran reached an agreement with world powers on the country's nuclear program - an agreement that raised fears among its Gulf Arab neighbors, saying in part: “Any threat to one country is a threat to all ... No country can solve regional problems without the help of others.” (At a news conference hosted by the Iranian embassy in Kuwait).
Further of his notes included:
1.  “[that] Iran stands behind the people in the region to fight against the threat of extremism, terrorism and sectarianism ... Our message to the regional countries is that we should fight together against this shared challenge.”
2.  Before his Gulf visit, Zarif said in a statement posted on his ministry's website late on Friday that Tehran would continue supporting its allies in Syria and Iraq to fight against militant group Islamic State.
3.  “The Iranian nation supports all oppressed nations,” said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier, during a visit on Sunday to Iran's Kurdistan Province adding: “If it wasn't for Iran, Erbil and Baghdad would have also fallen to the terrorists (ISIS) ... Just as we defended Dahuk, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah (in Iraqi Kurdistan), if any country in the whole region is a victim of aggression, the Iranian nation will defend the oppressed.”
On the flipside, most Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states have long accused Tehran of interference in Arab affairs, alleging financial or armed support for political movements in countries including Bahrain, Yemen and Lebanon.
But, predominantly Shi'ite Iran denies interference but says the nuclear agreement will not change its policies in the region.
Continue at the link – and I still contend this is potentially very good news – time will tell, won’t it?
Previous related stories:
“Republican Lawmakers Vow Fight to Derail Nuclear Deal:” The New York Times, July 14, 2015 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=305454&id=124821-3904278-Op7Ecwx&t=3
“A Poll: The Public Backs Nuclear Deal with Iran by 2-1 Margin:” NBC News, June 30, 2015 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=305225&id=124821-3904278-Op7Ecwx&t=4
“Overwhelming Consensus by Nuclear/Other Experts Favors Agreement with Iran:” Lobe Log Foreign Policy, July 6, 2015 http://www.moveon.org/r?r=305226&id=124821-3904278-Op7Ecwx&t=5
“Obama's Remarks on the Agreement (Transcript):” Roll Call, July 14, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=305456&id=124821-3904278-Op7Ecwx&t=6 

“$1.4 Million Ad Targets the Agreement:” Politico, June 23, 2015 
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=305228&id=124821-3904278-Op7Ecwx&t=7

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