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US ratchets up its threats against Iran

Issue No. 2286

Iranian nuclear scientist Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan was assassinated on the streets of the capital Tehran last week.

The attack had all the hallmarks of an Israeli covert operation. A magnetic bomb was attached to his car by a motorcyclist as Roshan drove to work.

Only a year ago two other Iranian nuclear scientists were murdered in the same way.

The US has denied any involvement in the murder, as has Israel. But the day before the attack Israel’s army chief of staff Lt Gen Benny Gantz talked of “unnatural events” that would affect Iran’s nuclear programme this year.

The US has been ratcheting up its threats against Iran over its claims that Iran is developing a nuclear programme for military use.

The European Union is discussing sanctions against Iranian oil. Iran is the second biggest exporter of oil in Opec, the oil producers’ cartel.

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In retaliation the Iranian regime has threatened to shut down the strait of Hormuz, which carries some 35 percent of the seaborne oil trade.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton described the threats to close the strait as “provocative and dangerous”.

She says the US will use force to keep the strait open.The US has a large navy fleet based in Bahrain. David Cameron says Britain would support any such action.

The imposition of harsh sanctions on Iran will have the most brutal impact on the ordinary people of Iran, not the country’s regime.

Iranians have shown they have the courage to challenge their own rulers.

But the prospect of Western imperialist intervention will only serve to entrench the Iranian regime.

Any intervention or military attack by the West on Iran will set back the Iranian people’s struggle for democracy and freedom.

Stop the War picket—No Western intervention in Iran or Syria. Saturday 28 January, 2pm–4pm, US embassy, Grosvenor Square, London W1


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Tue 17 Jan 2012, 18:12 GMT
Issue No. 2286
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