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US might not halt sanctions against Iran

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

01-22-2016 15:35 BJT

By Professor Han Xudong, Strategic Research Department, National Defense University

The game between the United States and Iran represents the suppressing of a superpower on regional powers in the post-Cold War era. The phenomenon is a prelude to the formation of a multi-polar pattern, in which a chaos state gets generated on account of disputes among international powers.


On January 16, according to the nuclear agreement signed between the US, European Union (EU) and Iran, US President Barack Obama signed an order to cancel sanctions against Iran's nuclear power. Subsequently, the EU endorsed an end to sanctions, which meant the Iranian nuclear issue was resolved peacefully.

Well, as long as two or more parties hold a sincere attitude to negotiate, a proper solution could be reached. However only one day later, Washington announced new sanctions against Iran's development of ballistic missiles.
The sanctions show that Washington is determined to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction after the Cold War.

The US launched wars on Iraq, Libya and other countries over suspicions that those regimes were developing weapons of mass destruction. Washington had overthrown the governments of Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Libya's Moammar Gaddafi.

Tehran had continued to develop weapons of mass destruction, but Washington stands unwilling to wage war against it. If Iran once develops weapons of mass destruction to such a level that the US feels threatened, Washington may not hesitate to conduct military strikes on Iran. People should not be skeptical about that.
New sanctions against Iran's missile issue is just a surface phenomenon, and to maintain US hegemony. Sanctions have become an important means to implement US foreign policy. Even if Iran does not have the missiles issue, Washington would provoke other problems as an excuse to exert pressure on Tehran.

The US has continuously imposed sanctions against Iran, which shows Washington wants to curtail Iran's military build-up to prevent the rise of a powerful Iran in the Middle East. 

Meanwhile, Iran will never put the issue to rest, while it continues to seek greater influence in the Middle East and the world. The games between the US and Iran will not end.

Therefore, even if sanctions against missiles are withdrawn, Washington would find other excuses to impose sanctions on Tehran, until Iran is included in the US strategic sphere. Tehran would not agree to that. Accordingly, the battle between both nations will continue unabated.


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