As the General Michael Flynn’s political star sets amidst continued controversy, the Trump administration is facing its first foreign policy tests less than a month after the inauguration.
Unsurprisingly, the two actors who are actively testing President Trump’s resolve come straight from George W. Bush’s “axis of evil”: Iran and North Korea, two of America’s most implacable adversaries. Ariel Cohen wrote in THE HILL on February 19, the following are excerpts of this article.
February 19, 2017- U.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilize" the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday, Reuters reported.
"I think it is now time for the Congress to take Iran on directly in terms of what they’ve done outside the nuclear program," Senator Lindsey Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the Munich Security Conference.
Press release- Strasbourg- 16 February 2017
On the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian revolution, Friends of a Free Iran (FOFI) group at the European Parliament held a conference in Strasbourg on Wednesday 15 February 2017, chaired by MEP Gérard Deprez. The meeting was well attended by many members of the European Parliament. Mohammad Mohaddessin from the Iranian democratic opposition was the guest speaker. Mr Mohaddessin, a former political prisoner under the shah’s dictatorship, is a renowned writer of several books on Iran and Islamic fundamentalism and chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee of the political coalition NCRI. He gave a very interesting update and analysis of the current situation in Iran and prospects for a democratic change.
NCRI - The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei on February 16th appeared in public to meet the people of East Azerbaijan. His speech was actually a sort of confession of the international pressures as well as the fear of social discontent. He tried to blame Hassan Rouhani for the current critical economic condition.
NCRI - A while ago, former Iranian regime’s President ‘Mohammad Khatamai’ described the current situation as the ‘best opportunity’ for creating a national reconciliation environment among regime’s rival bands, maintaining that now is the time to pave the way for more solidarity among all tendencies and forces.
The remarks was welcomed by many of the so-called reformist figures.
NCRI - According to terrorist Quds Force’s Tasnim news agency, several trade deals, including opening Iran-Sweden chamber of commerce, were signed during Swedish PM and his accompanying delegation’s visit to Tehran. The strange part of the story, however, is that the deals were signed in Swedish Ambassador’s residence in Tehran!
NCRI - The Saudi Foreign Minister visited his Turkish Counterpart in Ankara. Meanwhile, the Turkish Minister of Defense traveled to Saudi Arabia. The two regional powers have the similar stance regarding the interference of the Iranian regime in the region."
Al-Arabiya TV interview with the deputy editor of Al-Riyadh Newspaper of Saudi Arabia, February 11th 2017
NCRI - Fearing an end of an era of U.S. policy towards Tehran by arrival of the new US Administration, The regime in Tehran state-run Etemad Newspaper warned: "we have to be concerned about the presence of Trump in the White House."
The state-run Shargh Newspaper also warned that some internal circles within the regime In Teharn: “The world will be full of dangers with Trump's Administration. His intentions towards the system [Iranian regime] should be taken seriously. He actually targets the system. His conducts should be carefully monitored and no hasty decision has to be made."
NCRI - In an article titled “conspiracy puzzle against the Islamic Republic”, state run Shargh newspaper writes “despite all that we laid out in Syrian war, today Russia and Turkey are taking advantage of the achievements.”
“In a situation when the United States and its allies are looking for an excuse to portray Iran as the nuclear deal violator, the missile test has provided the Trump administration with enough excuse to form a new coalition against us”, adds the newspaper.