Rising US-Iran tension

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ACCORDING to world media, US President Donald Trump may call for the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to be designated a terrorist group as part of a tougher strategy against Iran to be announced in the coming days. Reacting to reports, Iran said on Tuesday that the United States would be siding with the so-called militant Islamic State (IS) group if it designated the Guards as a terrorist organisation.
Analysts say the US move would have a limited impact on the Guards that are already heavily sanctioned but Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has threatened of firm, decisive and crushing response if it went ahead. This is not the only issue as President Trump has made his intentions known to unilaterally scrap the nuclear deal, which his country signed with Tehran along with Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia. This is despite the fact that Iran has stuck to its commitments under the accord yet instead of lifting sanctions already imposed on the country the United States is threatening to impose more. Trump must decide by October 15 whether to rectify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal it signed with world powers in 2015. It is widely expected that Trump will not rectify Iran, saying it is no longer in the US national interest, giving Congress 60 days to decide whether to re-impose sanctions. Brewing tension with Iran comes at a time when the region is already volatile due to negative fallout of the Trump’s Afghanistan and South Asia strategy that lays more emphasis on use of force and arms-twisting than peaceful resolution of the conflict through talks and dialogue. This would be dangerous for regional security, peace and might create further problems for trans-national developmental and economic projects that different countries of the region have planned. We hope that China and Russia would play their role in not only saving the nuclear accord with Iran, which Trumps wants to scrap apparently under Jewish influence, but also see to it that the commitments undertaken by world power in respect of lifting of sanctions against Iran are fulfilled. Otherwise, such accords and guarantees would lose credibility in future.