Iran’s isolation after the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki
On Monday July 16, the meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Helsinki summit was on the headlines of all world news agencies. The most important issues the two presidents discussed were national security, the presence of their military forces in Syria and Iran’s destructive role in the region.
After their meeting, in a joint news conference, Trump said that the two had a “direct, open, deeply productive dialogue”. “It went very well”, he added.
“I emphasized the importance of placing pressure on Iran to halt its nuclear ambitions and to stop its campaign of violence throughout the area, throughout the Middle East”, the US President said.
Trump said that he “discussed at length” about the Syrian crisis and that the issue was “complex”.
“I also made clear that the United States will not allow Iran to benefit from our successful campaign against ISIS”, he added.
A day before the meeting, in an interview with ABC, when asked about the US withdrawing its troops from Syria, White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said that “the president has made it clear that we are there until the ISIS territorial caliphate is removed and as long as the Iranian menace continues throughout the Middle East”.
Meanwhile, Trump defended the US’s exit from the JCPOA in an interview with Fox News after coming back to the US, saying that the nuclear deal with Iran was not good for America and that it was “ultimately not good for the world”.
President Trump said that the US was behind the people of Iran in their protests which have increased in number after the US left the deal.
President @realDonaldTrump: "On Iran, [Putin] probably would have liked to keep the deal in place because that's good for Russia… but it's not good for this country and it's ultimately not good for the world." #Hannity https://t.co/yDQGEHb5F2 pic.twitter.com/vKmoAzSoV7
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 17, 2018
“They have riots in all their cities”, he said about Iran.
“We would let the people know that we are behind them 100%. But they’re having big protests all over the country, probably as big as they’ve ever had before. And that all happened since I terminated that deal”.
The US administration is in the right track on this issue. The Iranian regime is an international threat its primary victim are its own people. As we see today on the ground in Iran, Iranians are the victims of their government’s terrorism and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as all the money and capital which is supposed to be spent to better the lives of the people, is being used for terrorist activities and the regime’s meddling in Syria and the region. The people of Iran live in absolute poverty while unemployment numbers soar. This has led to severe social and environmental issues.
It’s not surprising that while the whole world was talking about the Helsinki summit, Khamenei was busy tweeting about Hajj.
Unfortunately, the Saudi government creates problems for the #Hajj pilgrims and prevents them from performing the rituals. These issues should be considered as Muslims demands and should not be forgotten.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) July 16, 2018
Unfortunately, the Saudi government creates problems for the Hajj pilgrims and prevents them from performing the rituals. These issues should be considered as Muslims demands and should not be forgotten.
This is while Iranians are facing serious issues such as lack of water, power outages, unemployment, and lack of social freedoms and they have taken their grievances to the streets. And please, someone tell Khamenei that no one is protesting not being able to go to Hajj.
You might be wondering why the “Supreme Leader” of the Islamic Republic is talking about Hajj in the midst of all the talks centered around his government. The regime, run by clerics, has always used the cloak of Islam to divert the international community from the main desire of the people of Iran, which have always been freedom and democracy.
Khamenei knows that the era of regime change is looming and that after the January 2018 protests that rocked Iran, there’s no going back. Change is inevitable and Iranians on the streets will have the last word.