Many experts believe that the U.S. will face strong resistance from other powers such as China and Russia due to Washington's decision to impose sanctions on Iran's oil sector, and claim that "the U.S. sanctions go against the content and spirit of the relevant resolutions on Iran, adopted by the Security Council of the United Nations. "
Iranian news source Press TV conducted an interview with the author and journalist Webster Tarpley.
Press TV: Let's look at the legality of it all. How the U.S. will punish the countries that have decided to buy Iranian oil and make payments through the Iranian central bank?
Tarpley: Obama administration is conducting what is called a secondary boycott. In other words, the U.S. says it will not buy Iranian oil. Yes, but now the U.S. says that any country or central bank that buy Iranian oil, will also boycott the U.S..
The bottom line is that if you are dealing with Iran, can not have a financial presence in the United States. It is not just the law, it is pure blackmail.
This is a dubious policy, and the big question is whether other countries it fit?
In particular, China has responded to such a policy an angry "no" — they may have already reached the limits of the "game of give-away" U.S. dictates.
In addition to them, India, which also buys significant amounts of oil from Iran, also says no. The Government of Japan is very low, but since the accident at the Fukushima nuclear facility, they have to buy fuel, and will buy oil.
If you tell the Japanese that they have chosen between the U.S. and China, much of it would have said, well, we choose China. So here is all too easy.
Countries such as Italy — Italy was battered Standard and Poor's and others, and they currently have lost their portion of Libyan oil, they get about 20 percent of its oil, and this is a big part of Iran. Will they be able to say no Iranian oil?
Thus, there are a number of countries are now forced to comply with U.S. foreign policy, which, quite frankly, can be called imbecility. They imagine that they have all this power, when Geithner went to China, and he had a package completely unacceptable demands, which, as I think China has reacted very angrily.
Tarpley talks about the possibility of: a problem in the negotiations is that in negotiations you have to have a sane partner, which, in the case of Washington, I fear, is not. Was sluggish attempt to come to an agreement, but it was rejected by Hillary Clinton, because Clinton is a weak person, she always want to be the most militant, otherwise, as she feared it no one will take seriously.
I think there are a few ways to stop it: U.S. says Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons is a critical feature — that is, I do not know where there is a nuclear weapon is, but the U.S. says it is a critical feature for them.
Then other people can say where they were a critical feature. We saw how the Russian ambassador to NATO said that an attack on Iran would be a threat to Russia's security. Why the Russian government did not declare that it is their critical feature?
The Chinese government in the past has sent through informal channels secret messages America, where it was said that it did not attack Pakistan, that an attack on Pakistan, they will be treated as an attack on China. Maybe China should tell America that we also have a critical feature, and what not to attack Iran.
Press TV: What do I need to do to solve this problem?
Tarpley: Well, you will need either a large-scale awareness of what is happening, the anti-war movement in the United States, we do not see here, or need decisive action of other major centers of power — Russia, China, India, and possibly Japan.
If we were to abandon the policy of economic war that will bring success, I think it would be a step in the right direction. When viewed from a technical point of view, if there was a gas pipeline from Iran through Pakistan to China, it is also, I think it would be a wise decision.
In other words, economic development is a peaceful way to avoid war, but, unfortunately, the United States is the most peaceful economic development are determined to block.