Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:55AM
This file photo shows the launching of an Emad missile in Iran. © IRNA
This file photo shows the launching of an Emad missile in Iran. © IRNA
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America is playing a strange game against Iran.  After longstanding Western sanctions were lifted, Washington immediately imposed new sanctions because of Iran’s defensive missile program.

The US move has understandably been interpreted by Tehran as “propaganda” and “harassment.”  At the same time, the US is still the biggest seller of advanced weapons to Saudi Arabia, its satellite states and extremist militants in the region. Victims have included Palestinians, Yemenis and Syrians – and almost exclusively civilians. 

The US imposed the sanctions following a recent ballistic missile test, just as Tehran and world powers began implementation of the last July nuclear deal, whose key purpose was the very removal of all embargos against Iran.

Iran’s top deputy commander says that as the US is intensifying its threats against Iran, Iran has no option other than boosting its defense capabilities. President Rouhani says this will help, not threaten, regional stability, but America seems intent on carrying on with its sanctions strategy.