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US pursuing a regime-change policy in Iran: Analyst

US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley

The United States is pursuing a regime-change policy in Iran and has "given up the charade of diplomacy," according to an American political commentator in Oregon.

Charles Dunaway made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday after US President Joe Biden was reported to threaten Iran with military action in case Tehran does not reach a nuclear agreement with Washington on its terms.

The Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was an agreement signed in 2015 by Tehran with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China, during the presidency of Barack Obama. However, Obama’s successor Donald Trump abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 and slapped cruel sanctions on Iran.

Biden had vowed to resume talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal and remove the harsh US sanctions. Two years into the presidency, Biden has failed to keep his promise and is now threatening to take military action.    

In an interview with Foreign Policy’s podcast Playlist broadcasted on Wednesday, US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley said Biden is prepared for a military option if nuclear talks between Washington and Tehran and others fail to reach an agreement.  

Malley said that Washington was exerting unprecedented pressure on Iran to accept the terms of the nuclear deal.

“The JCPOA negotiations should have been easy.  The US Trump administration pulled out of the agreement and all that was necessary was for the Biden administration to reaffirm the original commitments and begin fulfilling its obligations.  But that was never politically feasible for the United States,” said Dunaway.

“The Zionist lobby and the intense partisan divide make it highly unlikely that any sanctions relief could be implemented and impossible to assure Iran that a renewed agreement would not be abrogated by the next administration.  Additionally, the Biden team insisted on imposing new conditions requiring Iran to cease its support for those fighting occupation and state terrorism in the region, conform to Western human rights standards, and end their ballistic missile program.  The United States wanted Iran to give up its sovereignty and render itself vulnerable to attack,” he stated.

The analyst added, “Mr. Malley also misrepresents the negotiations he participated in.  Josep Borrell, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, announced a tentative agreement in August, but the US State Department almost immediately rejected it.  According to the New York Times, ‘At the White House, national security meetings on Iran are devoted less to negotiation's strategy and more to how to undermine Iran’s nuclear plans, [and] provide communications gear to protesters…’  In other words, they have given up their charade of diplomacy and are revealing their true intentions- regime change.”

“Have the policymakers in Washington become so addled by the narcissistic doctrine of US exceptionalism that they actually believe they can credibly threaten war against Russia, China and Iran all at once?  Will they unleash the Zionist regime in Tel Aviv and then try to sell the war as a defense of Israel?  A dying Empire is a wounded animal and must be treated as such,” Dunaway concluded.

The talks to salvage the JCPOA kicked off in Vienna in April last year, months after Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

Despite notable progress, the US indecisiveness and procrastination caused multiple interruptions in the marathon talks.

‘Biden is going way past anything Trump even contemplated’

New York-based journalist Don DeBar said Biden is the real warmonger and he is "going way past anything Trump even contemplated."

“And yet, the bulk of the western media, and consequently a sizeable part of the population in the US and Europe, believe that Trump is the warmonger, not Biden,” he said.

“Biden is going way past anything Trump even contemplated and he's going there with the support of the Western media and a sizable portion of the Western public, many of whom believe themselves to actually be anti-war,” DeBar told Press TV on Friday.

“And Trump did walk from the JCPOA. But it should be noted that the sanctions had not been removed by Obama although he had ample time to do so and that the US Congress on its own passed a veto-proof (517 to 5!) additional sanctions bill against Iran (and Russia and DPRK). So, in essence, Trump's withdrawal during his presidency was merely symbolic since there was no way the Congress was going to allow the lifting of sanctions as it imposed additional ones,” he noted.

In the mid-sixties, the United State entered the war in Vietnam under the pretext of the false flag Gulf of Tonkin incident.

In 1964, then-US President Lyndon B. Johnson claimed that North Vietnamese forces had twice attacked American destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin.

The false flag operation led to clashes between US forces and North Vietnamese troops

In 1953, the US launched operation "Operation Ajax" with the aim of overthrowing the democratically-elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddegh in favor of strengthening the monarchical rule of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.


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