Iran Tells World, “We will help any country fighting the Zionist regime and the United States”
On the last day of September, the spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, Brig. Gen. Abolfazi Shekarchi said during the Iranian Sacred Defense Week (a celebration of what Iran sees as a victory in the Iran-Iraq War) that Iran is willing to contribute its vast experience and goods to aid any of its allies that go to war with the US or Zionist, will even send its advisors to aid in their fight. He added that Iran does not wish to interfere with the internal affairs of countries in the region.
Iran is started to build up to start exporting arms after the expiration of the Arms embargo began on Oct. 18, 2020, the spokesman said during a recent visit to the Iranian army chief of staff to Syria, the Damascus regime asked Iran for more air denial systems to reinforce its air-defense systems. Shekarchi claimed that there is no Iranian military presence in Iran, but this is a rather terrible lie; it is done to reinforce to the Syrians that Assad is handling the situation independently.
The spokesman added that in addition to Syria, Iran also provides military advice to Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen, which are part of the “resistance front.” He said that “any country that opposes the Zionist regime and the bloodthirsty United States will receive assistance from Iran. Given the economic problems in Iran, this does not mean that we will provide it for free, and it is possible that Iran will receive payment for its assistance.”
He further stated that Iran provides “defense technology” to the Houthi rebels in Yemen, who absorb it and produce various types of weapons indigenously and “with great talent: missiles, drones, and other weapons including systems in the field of electronic warfare.”
Once more holding to the Iranian line, he denied that Iran had any hand in selling missiles to the Houthi rebels. Such rebels were used to attack Saudi Arabia, which was with Persian lettering stamped on their remains, he claimed that Iran was only “passing experience and knowledge.”
Meanwhile, the president of the United States issued an Executive Order designed to prevent Iran from resuming arms sales upon the expiration of the arms embargo under U.N. Resolution 2231. The order includes many Iranian companies, entities, and individuals related to Iran’s defense industries and nuclear program.
On September 21the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued new sanctions imposed on the Shahid Haj Ali Movahed Research Center, which has ties with North Korea for missile development. This week, it was reported that Iran and North Korea had renewed cooperation on missile development.
Earlier and 30 days since the United States enacted the “snapback” clause in Resolution 2231, the U.S. administration announced that it would re-enforce international sanctions on Iran imposed prior to the signing of the 2015 nuclear deal and urged other countries to do so.
The move is part of the U.S. effort to prevent the arms embargo on Iran from expiring on October 18, which would mean legitimizing Iranian arms sales to “resistance front” countries in the region and even to Venezuela and other countries. For Iran, this will be the first significant achievement due to the signing of the nuclear agreement. Until now, Iran has failed to secure any economic gain from the contract, and its financial situation continues to deteriorate.
Iran watches the U.S.-European rift with approval
Sadly the Europeans are more interested in the oil that Iran can provide them then in aiding the US in any meaningful way to box in Iran and their terrorist export business they are so much involved with; they have turned their back on the US finding profit more important than unity.
Iran has expressed great satisfaction with the growing disconnect between Europe and the United States due to the almost complete lack of support within the ranks of the U.N. Security Council for the U.S. position on retaining the arms embargo, as well as the reinstatement of international sanctions on Iran. In this context, foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France (EU3) also issued a joint statement declaring, among other things, “that the United States ceased to be a partner in the nuclear agreement after it withdrew from it in May 2018.”
As a result, the E.U. claimed that the U.S. request to enact the “snapback” mechanism and all possible actions resulting thereof has no legal significance. These countries have declared that they continue to adhere to the authority and integrity of the Security Council and remain committed to UNSC Resolution 2231 that adopted the nuclear agreement of 2015. “We have worked tirelessly to maintain the nuclear agreement, and we are still committed to doing so,” they stated.
At the September 20 government session, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani addressed the “ongoing and unsuccessful attempts” by the United States to re-impose international sanctions on Iran at the U.N. Security Council and through new international coalitions.
Rouhani declared that “the American maximum pressure policy has reached its end,” because of “Iranian diplomacy, Iran’s unfaltering position, and the Supreme Leader’s instructions.”
For now, Iran is focusing its efforts on the international diplomatic scene. It draws considerable encouragement from the international solidarity from China and Russia and especially from the European countries that are partners in the nuclear agreement. Iran notes Europe’s weak response to the execution of wrestler Navid Afkari, the continued blatant violation of human rights in Iran, and Iran’s stand against Bahrain’s and the UAE’s signing of normalization agreements with Israel.
Iran also moderated its subversive activities against American interests in Iraq and the Persian Gulf. It appears that Iran seeks to survive the window of time before the upcoming U.S. election without giving President Donald Trump the option of taking actions against it to score points during the race. This, despite threats made from time to time by the commander of the Revolutionary Guards to avenge the assassination of Qassim Soleimani, commander of the Al-Quds Force, and the recent remarks by Foreign Minister Javid Zarif at the Council on Foreign Relations that Tehran had not yet closed the account with the United States over Soleimani’s assassination.
Iran believes that if Biden wins, the US will be weakened enough in their response that they can avenge their loss and that a Biden administration will do nothing.
At the same time, Iran is working to ensure Trump will not be reelected; they see a weakened US without Trump at the helm, the loss of cooperation with the security council, they know that Biden will do little to fight this. They are also looking favorably at Biden’s comments on returning to the Obama nuclear agreement with Iran.
Meanwhile, Iran continues to advance its nuclear program, violating the nuclear agreement and positioning itself in anticipation of U.S. election results.
A Biden administration will weaken the US stance around the world as enemies who have been playing duck and cover will know they can now come out and act with impunity.