© IRAN-RESIST.ORG – April 2 2009 | Some days ago, the strong man of Obama’s administration, Robert Gates, mentioned the necessity to reinforce the sanctions against Iran to draw the mullahs to the negotiation table. David Miliband, the British Minister of Foreign Affairs, thinks that it would harm the will that is displayed by Iran to normalize its relations with the United States.

It’s not the first time that Great Britain flaunts into a position that is opposed to the one of the United States regarding Iran. Shortly before, in the name of the same dialogue mood that is preached by Obama, British established some contact with the Hezbollah, which is an implicit recognition of this movement, political and military instrument of the mullahs’ regional role. The United States who aims to isolate the Hezbollah in order to isolate the mullahs strongly protested. Great Britain mentioned then a dialogue with the political branch of the Hezbollah, what intensified Washington’s criticisms. In order to take the edge off, British invited to London the son of Hariri ; we believed then in some return to normalcy. They just welcomed with pomp and circumstance Mr. Hajj Hassan, a Hezbollah deputy, who wasn’t visibly much impressed by Washington criticisms.

In another field, shortly before, they mentioned through the intermediary of Jack Straw, the British Minister of Justice, the necessity to apologize to the mullahs to make up for the Western mistakes. This is also a theme that is developed into the documentary they devoted to the 30th anniversary of the Islamic Republic in which they criticize the Bush’s lack of compromise will. Then more recently, through the intermediary of the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, they mentioned the necessity to a right to enrichment that would be granted by the Security Council, which is against the American approach. At last, the latest act of this pro-mullahs positioning, they call for a freezing of the sanctions, few days after Gates mentioned the necessity to reinforce them.

Actually such positions are not pro-mullahs but anti-American. Both Western powers, almost accomplices in Iraq, have divergent views about Iran. Washington sanctions Tehran to subject the mullahs and make them become docile allies. If both parties lead to an agreement, no matter what it is, via Iran, America will find a privileged access to Central Asia and its oil companies will become the leaders of the world oil market that has been dominated since a century by British companies.

The stake is enormous for Great Britain : it must, such as Russia, prevent by all means such agreement. Beside both mention the same arguments : a freezing of the sanctions, a dialogue to excess and the recognition of the regional role of the mullahs, which suppose the recognition of the Hezbollah and de facto the lift of every American sanction because of terrorism. It’s a matter of depriving the United States of its means of pressure on Tehran.

Both States have also a common point : they must prevent the mullahs from getting closer to Washington. Russians dispose of several means of pressure on Tehran -delivery of Buchehr or of S300-. They alternate refusals of delivery with statements that are very pro-mullahs.

As revenge British lack of means of direct pressure on Tehran –their relations being indirect. Each time Tehran shows signs of rapprochement with Washington, such as in November 2008, London doesn’t hesitate to mention the necessity of very heavy sanctions against the bosses of the regime. Such as Russians, it must alternate punishment with bonuses : thus it put things right in December by inviting Ahmadinejad on the 4th British public channel to offer his best New Year wishes to the English-speaking people of the entire world. British, such as their Russian alter ego, went from an extreme to the other in the wake of the Americans and the mullahs who doesn’t stop changing their position.

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The french version of this article :
- Iran : Londres, comme Moscou, ne veut plus de sanctions
- (2 AVRIL 2009)

| Mots Clefs | Pays : Grande-Bretagne |

| Mots Clefs | Zone géopolitique / Sphère d’influence : RUSSIE |

| Mots Clefs | Décideurs : Robert Gates |
| Mots Clefs | Enjeux : Rétablir les rel. avec les USA & Négociations directes |
| Mots Clefs | Enjeux : Sanctions (du Conseil de Sécurité) |
| Mots Clefs | Enjeux : Sanctions (unilatérales) en cours d’application |