Joint Statement of Communist and Workers’ Parties:
We strongly oppose US economic sanctions and interference in Iran! We support the Iranian people’s struggle for peace, democracy and social justice!
We, the undersigned Communist and Workers’ Parties meeting in Athens, Greece, during the 20th International Meeting of the Communist and Workers’ Parties on 23 - 25 November 2018, express our deep concern at the hostile and irresponsible policies announced by the Trump administration against Iran in complete contravention of international law and indifference to world public opinion. Following the US administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) agreement with Iran on 8 May 2018, President Trump announced crippling economic and banking/monetary sanctions, including an oil embargo, against Iran.
Both the UN and the IAEA have criticised US withdrawal from the JCPoA, while confirming that the Iranian side has fulfilled all its obligations under the Agreement.
John Bolton, the US National Security Advisor, has spearheaded the effort of the US administration aimed at “regime change” in Iran. The actions and policies of the US administration in relation to Iran have been, and continue to be, coordinated with the reactionary governments of Israel and Saudi Arabia.
These measures could have dangerous ramifications in Iran and across the Middle East, significantly increase tensions and have raised the threat of a new devastating conflict in the region. We believe that if the current course of events is not halted and reversed immediately, the consequences will be devastating.
The Communist and Workers’ Parties signing this statement strongly condemn any direct or indirect interference in the internal affairs of Iran, including use of economic sanctions to force the country into submission. We further believe that these actions will have a disastrous impact on the continuing struggle of the Iranian people against dictatorship, for peace, sovereignty and social justice, as well as human and democratic rights.
The future of Iran and its political system should only be determined by the Iranian people and them alone. The Iranian people and its progressive forces strongly reject any foreign intervention in their country under any pretext.
We call on all forces campaigning for peace and disarmament globally to condemn the position of the US administration and its allies, which is contrary to the UN Charter. We commit our support for all international efforts aimed at securing peace and averting the threat of war against Iran.
PARTIES THAT SIGN THE JOINT STATEMENT: