The United States continues to exert economic and diplomatic pressure on Iran regarding its nuclear program. This was reported by U.S. State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell.
"The pressure continues. You know that wide-ranging economic sanctions against Iran are very efficient and have already taken financial effect. We will proceed against Iran along the two lines including severe (economic) measures and the door open to a diplomatic solution. However, this door will not be opened for unlimited time," said Patrick Ventrell.
On July 12, the U.S. Treasury Department announced the introduction of additional sanctions against Iran. The Ministry reported of 11 companies and 4 private individuals connected with the oil and transport industry.
The sanctions include the "freeze" of these companies' and individuals' assets in the territory of the United States, as well as a ban for American companies on doing business with them. The companies, against which they were introduced, do not have a direct bearing on the Iranian nuclear program, but are involved, according to the United States, in shadowing schemes of the Iranian oil supply, on which the Western countries have imposed an embargo.
Iran's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, commenting on new sanctions, said that "the West by imposing trade restrictions against the Islamic Republic ensured that it has developed immunity to outside pressure." For that reason, the new sanctions will not affect Tehran's policy.
"Now, the West is making noise over the sanctions against us, but they do not realize that they themselves have inoculated us. We are not feared by any trade restrictions, after having been exposed to them for 30 years," said Ali Khamenei.
The U.S. and the EU have imposed a number of sanctions to make Iran abandon its uranium enrichment program. Tehran is suspected of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of peaceful nuclear program. In turn, the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran denies the charges saying that the nuclear program is aimed solely at meeting the country's electricity needs. The most aggressive position is taken by the Israeli government that requires terminating the nuclear program and has repeatedly promised to attack Iran.
Pleas note that the day before, the member countries of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran, particularly the heads of states and governments of 36 developing countries, unanimously supported Iran's right to peaceful use of the atom and condemned U.S. unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Meanwhile, in Israel, everything is ready for a military conflict with Iran. According to Israeli Cabinet Minister Matan Vilnai "the war will be fought on several fronts and will last for 30 days. The country is ready for military clashes as never before in its history." Vilnai said that every step of the country from the very beginning of the conflict must be carefully weighed, and Israel should always coordinate their military operations with the U.S.A.
The leader of the Hezbollah Islamist group, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, said that Iran would strike a blow on the U.S. bases in the Middle East if Israel attacks Iran's nuclear facilities.
According to Nasrallah, "the decision is made and the answer will be very serious." "If Israel affect Iran, the U.S. will be held accountable," said the leader of Hezbollah. The U.S. authorities, in turn, have told Iran they would not help Israel if it decides to attack the Islamic Republic. The U.S. has promised to keep out of the conflict if Iran does not affect the United States' installations in the region.
The Israeli newspaper Maariv at the end of August, referring to foreign sources, reported that in Israel six U.S. military bases packed with various weapons are deployed: "smart bombs", missiles, weapons, armored vehicles and even a field hospital with 500 beds.
According to the sources, the bases are located in Herzliya Pituach, Ben Gurion airport, as well at the Ovdat and Nevatim Air Force bases.
The U.S. administration has confirmed the existence of these depots. "The Israeli army has free access to the U.S. emergency depots," the White House said. And Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that "In an emergency the Americans will authorize Israel to use these depots."
Thus, there is direct evidence of the same double standards: the White House speaks out against Israeli air strikes on Iran and calls for a diplomatic resolution, but in practice - the Pentagon has already furnished Tel Aviv with all necessary weapons for such an action.