JLC CEO Jeremy Newmark writes concerning the UK’s diplomatic relations with Iran.
We must be wary of rushing back in to full diplomatic relations with Iran when the country still has many internal issues to address.
Sir, Lord Lamont of Lerwick and Lord Phillips of Sudbury, with Baroness Williams of Crosby, urge the UK to restore full diplomatic relations with Iran after the election of Dr Hossein Rouhani (letter, July 12). It is unclear whether the noble Lords speak in Britain’s national interests or those of the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce in which they sit as chairman and president respectively.
They note that Rouhani received half the vote on the first ballot in a 75 per cent turnout. However, 678 of the candidates were disqualified, including all 30 of the women who wanted to stand. The Islamic Republic of Iran is still run by the mullahs who receive their orders from the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. Rouhani was one of the founders of Iran’s nuclear programme which now threatens the stability of the entire Middle East.
Iran should be judged by its actions, not Rouhani’s words. Re-establishing diplomatic relations or any relaxation of sanctions, must only come about when it is absolutely clear that Iran is not proceeding with a nuclear weapons programme.
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