News ID: 324366
Published: 0420 GMT September 30, 2022

U.S. double standards: Sympathizing with Iranians while imposing sanctions

U.S. double standards: Sympathizing with Iranians while imposing sanctions

National Desk

“The American side is dizzy in making decisions and this is not constructive for negotiations and returning to commitments in the JCPOA,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in an interview with the New York Times over the weekend. The statement highlights the double-standard policies adopted by the White House against Iran during the latest rounds of talks on the revival of the JCPOA.

While the U.S. government claims to have returned to the talks with goodwill, it still pursues unconstructive and even destructive measures against Iran such as imposing new sanctions and interfering in Iran’s domestic affairs.

The most recent instance of such unconstructive measures was the U.S. Treasury Department’s decision to slap sanctions on companies that were accused of being involved in exporting Iran’s crude oil. The Treasury blacklisted two China-based companies, Zhonggu Storage and Transportation Co. Ltd. and WS Shipping Co. Ltd., as well as several other companies based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Hong Kong, and India, claiming that they are front companies for Iran.

Meanwhile, Washington’s comments on the recent wave of protests in Iran can only be described as meddling in Iran’s domestic affairs. The double-standard position adopted by the U.S. was criticized by Iran’s Foreign Ministry.

“We see a complex and confused set in America’s behavior. On the one hand, our exchange of messages continues through the European Union coordinator and we are all trying to reach a solution; on the other hand, the U.S. presents a resolution to the agency, but then on yet another hand, it imposes new sanctions every now and then. This is not constructive for negotiations and returning to commitments in the JCPOA. The American side must pull itself out of this confused tangle in order to be able to see the reality well and make a decision.”

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani blasted the U.S. for its paradoxical behavior, writing on his Instagram page that those who now claim to advocate and express sympathy for the nation of Iran and chant the motto of “life” and “human rights” are the same individuals who wanted to bring the Iranian people to their knees through the policy of “maximum pressure” and “devastating and crushing sanctions”.

“Those who pay lip service to the Iranian people and express their concern for the people’s problems are depriving cancer patients and children with butterfly disease of special medicine until they die,” Kanaani said in a social media statement.

The U.S. State Department’s move to expand the free flow of information and access to the internet for the people of Iran while enemies of Iran use the internet to instigate protesters and incite riots is another paradox. In an interview with NPR, the Iranian foreign minister pointed out the double standard, saying that if the United States really cares about the Iranian people, it can pay attention to the fact that “thousands of Iranian children have died because of sanctions it has imposed” on imports of medicine to Iran.

“There is not going to be regime change in Iran,” Amir-Abdollahian stated, advising the U.S. officials to be patient and not act hastily, especially since such acts undermine Tehran’s trust of Washington while the two are still negotiating and conveying messages regarding the JCPOA. He warned that Tehran doesn’t trust the Americans as is, let alone if they act and talk like this.

Even though the Americans have repeatedly claimed that they are willing to revive the JCPOA, they are still taking conflicting, confusing positions. Considering the fact that the former U.S. administration once unilaterally abandoned the deal, the Islamic Republic is right to be worried about history repeating itself and, thus, also right to demand convincing guarantees that the U.S. would not back out of a revived JCPOA deal again.

The U.S. administration declared that it cannot guarantee the deal will hold firm. Robert Malley, Washington’s special envoy for Iran affairs admitted yesterday that if a future president of the U.S. decides recklessly to unilaterally withdraw from the deal again, even if it was working out, nothing can be done to stop the president.

“Now, it’s this question of the investigation by the IAEA, which again, has nothing to do with the deal,” he said, trying to blame Iran for the fruitlessness of the talks.

Speaking about the U.S. taking advantage of the recent unrest in Iran, Malley claimed that the Biden administration is not seeking to change Iran’s regime or fuel instability. However, he also added that they are going to “condemn and sanction those Iranian institutions that were responsible for the death of Mahsa Amini”.

Considering the aforementioned double standards adopted by the U.S. against Iran, it seems that Washington and Tehran are diverging, rather than converging.



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