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G20 must address Iran threat, says action group

G20 must address Iran threat, says action group

By INU Staff

INU- The G20 is preparing to gather in Buenos Aires on November 30 to discuss the theme of "building consensus for fair and sustainable development", but one political action group wants them to focus on how they can pressure the Iranian regime into abandoning its nuclear programme and support for terrorist groups.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) released a statement calling on all G20 member nations to work together to address Iran’s “globally destabilizing” actions, noting that in order to have development, the world must also have security, something that is consistently undermined by the Iranian Regime.

It is particularly notable that this year’s conference is taking place in Argentina, a country that has been continually rocked by Iranian-sponsored terrorism over the years, with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires is the most notable example.

According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the UANI's Iran Summit in September, that was the “deadliest terror attack in the history of Argentina".
In that case, as well as a 1992 suicide vehicle attack in the Argentine capital, Iran provided logistical support to the Hezbollah militia that carried out the bombings, which killed 114 people and wounded nearly 500.

But Iran’s support for terrorism in Argentina did not end in the 1990s and the Iranian threat remains as strong as ever in 2018. Earlier this month, Argentina arrested two of its citizens on suspicions of plotting an Iran-backed Hezbollah attack on Israeli targets in Buenos Aires.

The fact that Buenos Aires has a long history of being the target of Iran’s terror attacks and that this has not diminished in the slightest should help convince the G20 to tackle the many problems caused by the Iranian Regime. After all, the US is already doing its bit by placing incredible economic sanctions against Iran in order to reduce the amount of money that Iran can spend on its terrorist militias after the US pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May.

However, the US push for greater accountability on the Iranian Regime will likely be met with opposition by countries that are still a part of the nuclear deal – China, Russia, France, the UK, and Germany – or countries that still benefit from trade with Iran - China, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, and India. These countries need to realise that global security is far more important than any financial benefit and they must agree to take strong action against the Iranian Regime.

US financial sanctions on Iran, imposed after the US pulled out of the nuclear deal in May, are already putting pressure on Iran to stop their malign behaviour. Sanctions from all the G20 countries would ensure that Iran ends its dangerous destabilisation of the region and the world.

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