UAE Press: Hitting Iran where it hurts

DUBAI, A UAE newspaper has said that a new round of economic sanctions on the regime in Iran by the United States is aimed at making it very clear in the starkest of terms that “there will be no leeway given to the regime in its attempt to use any means to acquire nuclear capability or to manufacture or assist the proliferation of ballistic missiles”.

Washington imposed sanctions on Wednesday hitting at key sectors in Iran’s economy, imposing punitive measures on its iron, steel, aluminium and copper production and exports.

“It must be abundantly clear to Iran that while other nations have attempted to ease international economic sanctions on the regime in return for a commitment to ensure its nuclear activities are purely for domestic use, Washington simply is not buying it,” Gulf News said in its today’s editorial. The paper explained that it is because of Tehran’s attitude, which “has not changed and it continues to disrupt Arab nations and interfere in the domestic affairs of countries like Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen”.

Iran’s leadership is focused on spreading its sectarian agenda, sowing the seeds of extremism and sedition, arming terrorists and training militias, the Dubai-based newspaper added.

“Iran should be under no illusion that these punitive measures from Washington will continue until such a time as it ends its malign influence across this region,” the paper wrote, saying that with these new sanctions targeting its core industries, along with a previous round imposed on Iran’s oil exports, Washington and President Donald Trump could not be making it any clearer that they will continue to pursue a tough line against the regime in Tehran.

“Make no mistake either, these targeted sanctions are working, with Iran being denied $10 billion (AED36.7 billion) in oil revenues over the past 12 months and Washington has recently ended exemptions for a dozen nations that were buying oil from Tehran. The reality is that things are going to get a lot tougher on the regime and rightly so,” the paper commented.

The paper concluded by saying that for those new measures to end, all the regime has to do is ‘change its attitude’, give up on its narrow sectarian agenda, behave live a normal member of the international community, cease and desist from cultivating dangerous liaisons with radicals and sectarian elements in the region from Bab Al Mandeb to the Mediterranean. Simply put, it must be open to Washington and act like a good neighbour. Until Tehran alters its conduct, it shall continue to face the ostracism and exclusion from the international community.”

Source: Emirates News Agency