The United States has been criticised by Russia, China and now Iran, due to a new policy that explicitly rules-in America’s use of tactical nuclear weapons in otherwise conventional warfare scenarios. The new policy is a further sign that the US is willing to assert nuclear force in areas were previously only conventional weapons were considered.
Hypothetically, had conventional US wars of aggression on Yugoslavia in 1999, Afghanistan in 2001, Iraq in 2003, Libya in 2011 or Syria occurred today, we might have seen nuclear weapons used against state and ostensibly non-state targets. Thus, the new US policy further vindicates North Korea’s achievement in creating its own full-scale nuclear deterrent against the United States.
Iran, one of the countries the nuclear armed US and illegally nuclear armed “Israel” have been threatening with increasing ferociousness, many Iranians will now ask themselves if it is time to expand Iran’s own defensive measures to the nuclear realm. Currently, the Tehran supported JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) prohibits Iran from engaging in nuclear weapons building. The Iranian government stands by the JCPOA as do Russia, China, the EU, Germany, UK and France. Therefore, the US is alone as a party to the JCPOA, in seeking to either ditch the deal entirely, or amend it beyond recognition, in spite of the fact that the UN has fully stood by Iran’s compliance with all the agreed upon terms of the 2015 agreement. This comes as Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif criticised America’s irresponsible new nuclear policy as something which threatens the “annihilation” of humankind.
The US Nuclear Posture Review reflects greater reliance on nukes in violation of the #NPT, bringing humankind closer to annihilation. No wonder the Doomsday Clock is at its most dangerous since 1953. Trump’s obduracy in killing the #JCPOA stems from the same dangerous imprudence.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) February 3, 2018
If the US were to follow “Israel’s” position and abandon the JCPOA, all bets would be off in respect of the US restraining its aggression against the Islamic Republic. Even with the JCPOA intact, the US could unilaterally violate both the agreement and international law by launching a much hyped attack against a country that is not at war with any of its neighbours. By contrast, Iran has come to the aid of its partners in Syria and Iraq and in so doing, has made a substantial contribution to the collapse of Daesh in the Middle East.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has addressed these concerns in a typically elegant manner, thus asserting Iran’s ultimate right to self-defence while highlighting Iran’s historic commitment to peace and respectful diplomatic relations.
“We must be strong and powerful, because the Qur’an tells us that we must be so powerful to take away the courage from the enemy and those threatening us…Our national power is for peace, we gain power for deterrence. Deterrence is the same as dignified peace. We should be ready to remove and thwart threats against the people.
Our nation and authorities do not and will not need to negotiate with anyone or reach a deal with any power over their defensive capabilities.
If any authority comes and asks a question, we will give a firm and strong answer. Our answer is clear. But we will procure any weapon or capability which we need within the framework of rules and regulations and the fatwas of our Leader”.
Iran, which is a valued Russian partner–one which may soon join the Eurasian Economic Union, showed solidarity with Moscow during his remarks. President Rouhani said the following regarding the US listing Russia as a reason for its pro-nuclear military policy. He said,
“You see how the Americans are shamelessly threatening Russia with a new atomic weapon. The same people, who believe that weapons of mass destruction are a crime against humanity and say that international bodies have condemned them and all should destroy them, talk about new weapons”.
The global condemnation of the US threat to expand the use of nuclear weapons to conventional warfare, clearly highlights that when countries who are mutual targets of US aggression show solidarity with one another, a united military front could make Washington think twice before unleashing its destructive forces on innocent peoples and nations.