A political analyst says the United States is “murdering Iranians” in cold blood by imposing tough sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Press TV reports. “We are treating Iran very terribly. We need to end the military terrorism threats. We need to end all sanctions immediately,” Paul Sheldon Foote, a professor at California State University, told Press TV in an interview on Monday.
“We’re murdering Iranians who fly in Boeing jets because they can’t get spare parts. We are murdering Iranians who can’t get medicine or can’t afford it because we’ve destroyed the foreign exchange rate,” Foote stated.The American professor denounced the US call for talks with Iran amid its threats of war and further sanctions as “childish and outrageous," noting that "actions speak louder than words." “We certainly didn’t behave that way with the Soviet Union when [Soviet leader] Nikita Khrushchev threatened to bury us. We kept diplomatic relations and trade with the Soviet Union,” Foote recalled. On Monday, Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi expressed optimism that the White House’s offer to hold direct talks with Iran could be a sign of change in the US administration’s approach to Tehran. Salehi, however, expressed doubt over the US “new gesture” and said it was still very hard for Tehran to trust Washington. Foote agreed with Tehran’s distrust regarding the US call for negotiations, given Washington’s long record of hostilities against the Iranian nation. “I used to work at the American Embassy in Tehran. There are plenty of Americans who love Iran, and people who would be thrilled to work there again someday. This is the message that needs to be sent out by any honest American government,” he concluded. MRS/SS/SL