What has to happen to prove that Iran plus a nuclear program equals death?
That is the question I would ask President Obama or Secretary of State Clinton at a press conference, if I am ever able to get to one.
I will rephrase the question: When will you realize that the Iranian nuclear program will bring death, not a to single person, but to many people? After its successful completion has been announced?
Tougher sanctions? Yes, this is an interesting step, but it had its place at the beginning of the Iranian "peaceful" nuclear program, but not now, when the Islamic regime is coming close to building nuclear warheads. If they have not already built one.
Tougher sanctions only lead to the irritation of the Ayatollahs' regime, rather than to concrete results: that is, stopping uranium enrichment. And evidence of this is the following fact. Iran is testing fourth generation missiles, "Fateh 110," Iran's Defense Minister Ahmed Wahidi recently announced.
These missiles can destroy targets from a distance of 300 km, Wahidi said. He said that the previous version, the third generation of missiles, possessed great destructive force and had a high rate of accuracy, and the current generation exceeds their ability to destroy targets with even greater accuracy, both on land and on water.
From now on, this technology will be applied to all missiles that are armed in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The second very important point directly concerns the sanctions: Iran has started to create private consortia for the sale of oil. 250 private local companies will export Iran's oil, said the head of the Oil and Gas Exporter Union of Iran, Hassan Hosrodzherdi.
The country, in response to the embargo on oil exports, is planning to establish three consortia with local private companies that will carry out the sale of oil abroad. According to Hosrodzherdi, at this point they have already created a consortium of 65 companies from the private sector.
According to OPEC, in 2011, Iran exported 2.537 million barrels per day, compared to 2.583 million bpd in 2010 and 2.406 million barrels per day in 2009.
The Iranian parliament in April approved a bill allowing the private sector to export oil. Thus the bill allows the private sector to sell 20 percent of the total country's oil exports, which amounts to about 400,000 barrels per day.
According to Hosrodzherdi, Iran will create two consortia, also consisting of private exporters in Iran. He said that the beginning of the sale of oil is expected in the second half of this year (the beginning of the year in Iran falls on March 21).
Under the existing agreement between the Ministry of Petroleum of Iran and the Oil and Gas Exporter Union of Iran, the union should seek out those markets that are not covered by the Ministry.
Also, what about the embargo question, when on August 3, 2012, the Governor of the province of Khorasan-e-Razavi, Mahmoud Salahi, in a meeting in Mashhad with the Speaker of the Senate of Pakistan, Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, stressed the need for further development of relations between the two countries in politics, economics and culture?
According to the governor, in the last year trade between Iran and Pakistan amounted to $5.1 billion, a figure that, taking into account the capacity of the two countries, can be increased.
Mahmoud Salahi said that Iran is ready to increase electricity exports to Pakistan and expressed the hope that the commissioning of the pipeline "Peace," in which Iranian gas will be delivered to Pakistan, will be held in the near future.
The speaker of the Pakistani Senate in turn said that bilateral relations between Iran and Pakistan are open wide horizons, and these relationships are constantly evolving.
According to Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, both countries need to make efforts to strengthen ties between the two peoples, and this will provide a solid foundation for the development of bilateral relations.
Expressing satisfaction on the occasion of his visit to Iran, Pakistan's Senate Speaker noted that the purpose of his trip to the holy city of Mashhad was to visit the shrine of Imam Reza, as well as to negotiate with the leadership of the province of Khorasan-e-Razavi on strengthening bilateral ties.
And did the sanctions and embargoes against Iran stop Islamic Pakistan, which is funded by the American government, from establishing these ties with Iran? We can see the answer here.
On the same day, during a meeting between the Secretary of the National Security Council of Turkey, Moammar Turker, and the Iranian Ambassador to Turkey, Bahman Hosseinpour, they discussed the development of bilateral ties, nuclear talks, the "Six" and the situation in Iran and Syria.
The Ambassador of Iran, noting the increasing dynamics of the multifaceted relations between the two countries, said the intention of the governments of Iran and Turkey was to further strengthen these relations. According to him, the two countries are independent and peace-loving states that have had no border conflict for 400 years. The Ambassador also praised Turkey's role in the process of nuclear talks between the "Six" and Iran.
Moammar Turker, noting the fruitful cooperation between the two countries in combating terrorism and drug trafficking, stressed the need to enhance trade and cross-border cooperation between the two countries in order to improve welfare.
And most importantly, Iran continues to develop its international relations.
A meeting of the leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) will be held from August 26 to 31 in Tehran, according to the press service of the summit. "Meetings of Heads of State will be held August 30-31, at the level of foreign ministers on 28-29 August and 26-27 at the expert level," said the press service. "At the moment, 31 states have expressed the desire to participate in the Summit of Heads of State," the report says.
"By the time the meeting is held, the number, of course, will increase," said the organizers of the summit.
"Holding the summit is a question of national importance. We hope that the meeting will be the best ever," said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast. He stressed that "this meeting is very important, because the member countries of the Movement have a real opportunity to influence the development of world politics and international relations."
The Non-Aligned Movement is an international organization of 118 countries in the world based on the principle of non-participation in military blocs. The population of the member countries of NAM accounts for 56% of the total population of the globe.
It seems that the Obama administration has been playing poker with the American voter, bluffing that it is against Iran's nuclear program. The fact is that the sanctions do not produce the stated result, which the civilized world is waiting for.
Iran is not going to make concessions. So why this bluff? Is it only in order to win the presidential election? But this time poker may turn into Russian roulette, if Iran builds a nuclear bomb.