“Green Movement urged to defend nuclear rights, oppose Western sanctions”

“Green Movement urged to defend nuclear rights, oppose Western sanctions”
July 31-August 2, 2009
     Hamid Assef urges members and supporters of Iran’s opposition “Green Movement” to speak out in defense of Iran’s nuclear program and argue against Western sanctions and military action. Assef argues that the US and Israel realize a nuclear-armed Iran would not pose an “existential” threat as has often been claimed and are hoping to maintain their regional military superiority, particularly in the face of Arab opposition to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. Assef believes the Green Movement has now amassed sufficient political capital around the world to challenge the “propaganda” against Iran’s nuclear program (Payvand).
     In an open letter to leaders in Iran and the West, a group of 31 professors and activists based in Europe and North America criticize Western governments for undermining the Green Movement’s legitimacy by attempting to support regime change in Iran. Pointing out that Tehran often uses threats of foreign interference to justify restrictions on civil and political freedoms, the writers argue that Western states must end their “illegitimate economic, political and military pressures”, including current US and UN sanctions, and pursue negotiations without preconditions to enable Iranians to resolve their issues in an open manner. The writers also urge leaders of the Green Movement to “unambiguously oppose all sanctions” to prevent the reform movement from being “exploited” by foreign interests seeking regime change (Guardian).
Payvand | Guardian

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