Increasing Threats and Pressure Against Iran
September 3, 2006
The U.S. is stepping-up its pressure and bullying against Iran.
On August 31, President Bush threatened Iran, saying "there must be consequences" after it refused demands by the U.S. to end its uranium enrichment program.
U. S. officials are currently trying to gather support in the UN Security Council for the passage of political and economic sanctions against Iran. The list of proposed sanctions would include an embargo on the sale of nuclear-related goods, the freezing of overseas assets, and a ban on travel for Iranian officials directly involved in the nuclear program.
U. S. officials admit that a report released by the IAEA on the same day stated that although Iran had continued its uranium enrichment program, it was at a low-level, indicative of the type to be used in power plants, not for producing nuclear weapons. An IAEA official stated publicly that "Inspectors have not uncovered any concrete proof that Iran's nuclear program is of a military nature."
Despite the report, many high-ranking U.S. officials insist that Iran is attempting to build a nuclear bomb.
But, the whole hysteria about Iran's nuclear weapons program, like Iraq's phantom "weapons of mass destruction," is nothing but a Big Lie, a smokescreen to hide U.S. pressure and justify possible U.S. aggression against Iran.
On August 31, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defended his country's right to pursue nuclear energy. In a public speech in the northwestern city of Orumiyeh, he said:
"The Iranian nation will not accept for one moment any bullying, invasion and violation of its rights."