Since U.S. President Donald Trump took office, it is clear that he has had the Iranian regime and the mullahs in his crosshairs. The war of words and sanctions escalated yet again on September 25, when President Trump attacked the Iranian government as part of his remarks to the United Nations General Assembly.
Called for nations to join in isolating Iran
Since he withdrew the U.S. from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Trump continues to point out the need to isolate Iran. During his speech, he again called for nations to isolate the regime. As part of his efforts in this regard, Trump is attempting to stop any oil sales from Iran, which will negatively impact the balance of supply and demand in the international market.
Yet, Trump continues to hold OPEC responsible for the rising oil prices, arguing that they need to pump more oil to make up for the shortfall because of limited oil being exported out of Iran.
Trump also spoke about Iran’s role in Syria, noting that any solution to the civil war needs to address the influence of the regime.
“Iran’s leaders sow chaos, death, and destruction. They do not respect their neighbors or borders or the sovereign rights of nations,” said Trump. “Instead, Iran’s leaders plunder the nation’s resources to enrich themselves and to spread mayhem across the Middle East and far beyond.”
Justification for withdrawal from JCPOA
As part of his speech, President Trump also appeared to justify his withdrawal from the JCPOA. He noted that since the deal was signed, the Iranian military budget has increased 40%. He also noted that they have increased their funding of various terrorist activities throughout the region.
“The U.S. launched a campaign of economic pressure on Iran to deny the regime funds it needs to advance its bloody agenda,” said Trump.
Resistance supports U.S. Efforts on Human Rights in Iran
Meanwhile, the Iranian resistance released a statement calling for U.S. support based on Iran’s human and religious rights violations and abuses. They noted that Christians are being targeted, especially those that have converted to Islam.
According to the U.S. State Department, over 600 Christians were arrested for their faith between 2010 and 2017.
“That’s why no modern, democratic government should work with Iran. This regime doesn’t have any moderating influences and we should not pretend otherwise. Thankfully, the U.S. is now working to limit the Iranian regime’s violations of religious freedom and other human rights through tough sanctions,” according to an article released on the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) website.