Club of sanctioned countries: potential bloc against US ‘economic terrorism’

Iran has been resisting the US sanctions following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. 40 years on, many other countries are also suffering and withstanding those punitive measures. Now, Tehran is proposing that all these US-sanctioned countries join a club to better coordinate their efforts against its "economic terrorism".

Ali Dashti

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8 September 2019
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Iran has been resisting the US sanctions following the 1979 Islamic Revolution. 40 years on, many other countries are also suffering and withstanding those punitive measures. Now, Tehran is proposing that all these US-sanctioned countries join a club to better coordinate their efforts against its "economic terrorism".

A view of the Iranian parliament. MIZAN NEWS AGENCY/HOSSEIN ESMAEILI

An Iranian parliamentary faction has come up with the idea of establishing a club of sanctioned countries for concerted action against the US economic sanctions that Tehran calls "economic terrorism".

The presiding board of the Iranian Parliament’s faction on countering sanctions and a group of activists dealing with the sanctions held a meeting with the representative of Leader of Iran’s Islamic Revolution and Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani on Saturday evening, Iran Front Page (IFP) reports. 

“The US policy of maximum pressure, which was pursued with a bogus assumption in order to dismantle Iran’s national economy, was brought to its knees in the face of the strategy of active resistance,” Rear Admiral Shamkhani said in the meeting.

Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council also pointed to an intense cognitive war that has been plotted and implemented by the hostile media for supporting the US policy of maximum pressure on Iran, adding, “Despite enduring heavy economic pressures, the resisting people of Iran did not lose this war because of their awareness, insight and wisdom, and frustrated the enemy’s hopes of achieving its objectives.”

Shamkhani also welcomed the parliamentary faction on countering sanctions’ idea of forming the club of sanctioned countries and active involvement in the fight against the US’ economic terrorism, stressing, “Resistance meets with success when it comes with the approach of constant activeness, and such a measure could be an effective step in the path to the continued strategy of active resistance.”

He also described the issue of combatting sanctions in the current circumstances as a main ground for unity among various Iranian political factions, and added, “Given its past experiences, the enemy has recognized the fact that the Islamic Republic has gained a remarkable level of maturity and capability in combatting the threats, and hence it (the enemy) seeks to create social, political and security crises and create troubles in order to minimize the country’s (Iran’s) branches of power’s concentration on countering the threats.”

Iran has been trying to forge better relations with countries that have been sanctioned by the US such as Russia and China in the East or Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia in the West. 

Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Cuban and Bolivian ambassadors to Iran launch "No + Trump" campaign in Tehran. IRNA

Cuba: open doors for Iran

Cuba is one of those countries that are ready to join the club. Back in August, Cuban Ambassador to Iran Alexis Bandrich Vega told Iran Chamber Newsroom that Havana is prepared to sit down with sanctioned countries in a bid to coordinate efforst against the US.

Watch video: Cuba ready to join club of sanctioned countries 

Nicaragua and Cuba in Central America as well as South American nations of Venezuela, Bolivia are the four main Iran allies in the Americas as they have been subject to Washington's punitive measures because of their anti-US policies. 

Representatives of these four nations in Iran met last week to launch "No + Trump" campaign that is set to earn the support of Iran and other like-minded countries against the US policies. 

Venezuela-Iran: From Ahmadinejad-Chaves to Rouhani-Maduro

Venezuela, that is undergoing extremely tough times under the US sanctions as well as Washington's efforts to meddle in its internal affairs, is one of those countries that sees Iran as a perfect powerful ally as it's surrounded by right-wing governemnts in South America. 

Venezuelan Ambassador to Iran Carlos Antonio Alcalá Cordones was cited by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) as saying that Caracas-Tehran ties are unbreakable. 

"Despite the fact that both Venezuela and Iran are subject to economic, financial and comercial blockades and are threatened by war drums, the two governments have been able to coordinate their efforts to get what Iranian and Venezuelan leaders, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Nicolás Maduro have been seeking," said Alcalá Cordones.

Iran and Nicaragua: new economic alliance 

When Nicaraguans took to the streets of the Central American nation in April 2018 to protest against a rise in social welfare rates, street protests started to form into a staunch anti-governemnt protest, calling for President Daniel Ortega's ouster. 

However, the government in Manágua, has stood firm in its place, defying all efforst by hawkish US strategists, such as Donald Trump's national security advisor John Bolton, to overthrow it. 

With relative calm returning to the country that has been ruled by leftist Sandinist government since 1970, Iran has been eyeing further trade relations to consolidate their warm political ties, and it's serious. 

Back in August, a high-level political and economic delegation from Nicaragua visited Iran Chamber of Commerce to weigh the Iranian private sector's potentials for investment in the country. 

Watch video: Nicaraguan minister says economic talks with Iran have been successful

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