Published On: Fri, Aug 23rd, 2019

Iran news: G7 leaders urged to follow Donald Trump’s lead and ‘clip Iran’s wings’ | World | News

US President decided in April 2019 to blacklist the Iranian forces branch and designate it as a terrorist organisation – a move that caused a series of retaliating responses from which escalated in the Strait of Hormuz last month. Tehran was accused of various attacks on international ships in the Strait – which it adamantly denies – including the seizure of the British Oil Tanker Stena Impero yet to be released. Now G7 leaders are being urged to follow the US President’s lead and “clip the IRGC’s wings” and the Iranian regime’s involvement in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen. 

Speaking to, Hossein Abedini of the National Council of Resistance of Iran – a dissident political organisation which considers itself to be the main opposition to the Iranian regime – called on the British Government to be the first to follow Donald Trump’s condemnation of the IRGC.

He said: “I think the solution is, to tell you very frankly, there is only one solution.

“The Iranian regime only understands the language of decisiveness and fairness.

“They consider any soft-line approach as a sign of weakness and they become more involved in continuing mass killings inside Iran as well as their aggressive foreign policy in different countries.

“For example, propping up Bashar Al-Assad in Syria and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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“There is only one solution to all this.

“The IRGC has to be prescribed as a terrorist organisation as the US has already considered.

“And also, the supreme leader of the regime, and the office of the supreme leader of the regime, which is the centre of all these terrorist activities.

“We are hoping that the British Government and the British Prime Minister will reach this conclusion – and this is what many members of the UK Parliament and many politicians here also think would be the real solution.”

He added: “The IRGC is the main force carrying all these terrorist attacks and the instability in the region.

He said: “This destabilising behaviour is a threat to Australia’s interests in the region.

“The government has decided that it is in Australia’s national interest to work with our international partners to contribute.

“Our contribution will be limited in scope and it will be time-bound.”

G7 leaders are now preparing to meet in the French coastal city of Biarritz on August 24 to 26 to attend the 45th G7 summit. 

French President Emmanuel Macron will welcome leaders including UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, European Council President Donald Tusk and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

In addition, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and US President Donald Trump will attend the summit.

G7 will centre around foreign policy, trade, inequality, climate change, the development of African partners and digital transformation. The Iran regime is expected to be an important focus of the summit.

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