Analysis by PMOI/MEK
May 14, 2019 - Iran’s hardline daily, Keyhan, the mouthpiece of the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, wrote on Monday that in the economic war with the U.S., Iran must strike hard at the Saudi and United Arab Emirates oil export capabilities.
“America is waging an economic war against us… the solution for us in this economic war with the enemy is to strike at the enemy that is taking a battle formation against our economy and businesses. In striking an economic blow to the enemy, we have open hands. The countries who depend on the U.S., or better say, the storekeepers of America’s oil are Saudis and the Emiratis. These two countries are dependent on two things: oil and luxurious glass mansions that they have built for themselves. We must definitely strike hard at the oil export capacities of these two countries. We can do this in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. Such a move would undoubtedly drive the Saudis and the Emiratis to negotiate peace with us,” Keyhan daily wrote.
Keyhan assumes that the U.S. is not going to war with Iran and is only after putting economic pressures on the regime.
“We, therefore, are not threatened militarily from the U.S. and should not have a doubt about this. Not even for a minute. The solution for us is not to try to reduce military tension with the U.S., because there is no such a tension after all and we do not have to worry about that. When America, based on rudimentary reasons, is not going to engage us militarily, then why should we try to reduce such a non-existent tension with them? America is wrongly assuming that the economic war it has waged against us would drive us to the negotiating table to supposedly give them golden concessions without any price for them or their allies. We, therefore, must disrupt this assumption,” the daily reasons.
Khamenei’s mouthpiece reiterates that Iran should inflict some liabilities on the counterpart and any talk of negotiation at this moment is a crime.
“Our option is clear. We must inflict liabilities on our adversaries to reciprocate the economic war it is waging against us. Therefore, this war would have two sides… Then we can decide about this country and if we enter a negotiation at that point, it would be with a strong, respectful, wise and prudence stance. We should not speak of negotiations with the other side while we are under sanctions. It would be costly for us,” Keyhan insisted.
“We must strike hard and deep at the oil export capabilities of these two countries (Saudi Arabia and the UAE). Oil is their economic artery. We can do this in the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. This is not something that would lead to a war… this solution is doable and safe, despite some might call it the prerequisite for war. Those who call it war should take a look at the common international theories and the U.S.-Russia experience during the time that the world was divided between two poles, especially after the Cuba missile crisis in 1962,” Hossein Shariatmadari, the hardline Keyhan editor-in-chief, says in this article.
“We must act in response. We need planning and action. We can bring those groups in the U.S. to the stage who are extremely worried and concerned about the security of their partners in this region. If those groups, such as AIPAC and powerful media entities in the United States, realize that the continuation of the U.S. administration’s anti-Iranian policy would seriously hurt and endanger their strategic assets in the Middle East, and would force Iran to act against those strategic assets, they would definitely put pressure on anti-Iranian economic policies the U.S. administration is pursuing.”