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Pressure on Iran Increases

Analysts Weigh in With Risks and Highlights

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26 Sep 2019
Pressure on Iran Increases
U.S. President Donald Trump authorized the State Department to issue travel bans on senior Iranian officials and family members from entering the United States as immigrants or nonimmigrants, declaring that the clerical regime in Teheran is engaging in conduct that “threatens peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond.” The largely symbolic act followed a speech at the UN General Assembly in which Iranian President Hassan Rohani accused the US of, among other things, “merciless economic terrorism.”

"Our response to talks under pressure is 'No,'" Rohani said during his speech. He added that Iran has been “defending its right to independence and scientific and technological progress," while the United States has "made a lot of efforts" to "deprive Iran from participating in the international economy…our region is on the edge of collapse, as a single blunder can fuel a big fire."

Also on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubier spoke at a conference hosted by the NGO United Against a Nuclear Iran, saying among other things that in response to the recent cruise missile and drone attack on Saudi oil infrastructure widely attributed to Iran, “Once the investigation is concluded and we have the proof, there is a series of options will consider, that includes diplomatic, economic and military options. We are in close consultations with the US and other allies. This [the oil fields attack] can not go unanswered. There has to be consequences to Iran for what it did. You can not take out five or six percent of the world’s oil supply and get away with it. They [the Islamic Republic of Iran] have gotten away with murder for 40 years. It’s time to stop them now."

"If Iran wants safety in the region, it should stop its aggression," Jubeir said. “The reason foreign forces are in the region is because of Iran’s aggressive behavior. They [Iran] want us to reduce our defenses so they can just march into our countries. Iran does not believe in the sovereignty of nations, it does not believe in the principle of non interference, Iran does not respect international law."

However, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan told Fox News on Wednesday that  "I don't think it would be the right thing to blame Iran (for the 14 September attacks on Saudi Arabia) because the evidence available does not necessarily point to that fact.”

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