Iran tries and fails to seize British ship: Reports

Iran tries and fails to seize British ship: Reports

August 15, 2019 99 By Stanley Isaacs


JONATHAN HUNT IN L.A., THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BREAKING NEWS THIS EVENING, REPORTS THAT ARMED MEMBERS OF IRAN’S REVOLUTIONARY GUARD JUST TRIED TO SEIZE A BRITISH TANKER IN THE PERSIAN GULF AS IT CROSSED INTO THE STRATA FORM. INITIAL REPORTS SAY THAT ATTEMPT WAS UNSUCCESSFUL, ALTHOUGH THERE IS SOMETHING THAT THE IRANIAN — THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE IRANIAN PRESIDENT THREATENED TO DO JUST YESTERDAY IN RETALIATION FOR AN IRANIAN TANKER THAT WAS SEIZED BY THE BRITISH EARLIER THIS WEEK. ALSO NEW TONIGHT, THE REGIME ACCUSING THE UNITED STATES OF ECONOMIC TERRORISM AND CALLING ITS SANCTIONS “WEAPONS OF WARFARE” AFTER PRESIDENT TRUMP TODAY THREATENED MORE SANCTIONS SOON. THE IRANIAN AMBASSADOR TO THE IAEA RESPONDING “THE STATISTIC TO THE TENDENCY OF THE TO USE ILLEGAL UNILATERAL SANCTIONS AS AN INSTRUMENT TO COERCE SOVEREIGN STATES AND PRIVATE ENTITIES SHOULD COME TO AN END.” STREAMING OUT EXCLUSIVELY IS MARIA FERNANDA ESPINOZA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. PRESIDENT ESPINOZA, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. FIRST OF ALL, WHAT’S YOUR REACTION TO THIS NEWS THAT IT LOOKS LIKE, ACCORDING TO THESE REPORTS, IRAN ACTUALLY DID TRY TO SEIZE THIS TANKER?>>I THINK THAT THE UNITED NATIONS IS ABOUT PREVENTING CONFLICT. IT’S ABOUT DIALOGUE, IT IS ABOUT DIPLOMACY AND THAT THESE ARE THE PRINCIPLES THAT WE STAND BY.>>Martha: SO THERE WAS A STATEMENT PUT OUT BY THE U.N. SECURITY COUNCIL ON THE GULF AND THE STRAIGHT INCIDENTS SAYING THAT COUNCIL MEMBERS URGE CONCERNED PARTIES IN ALL COUNTRIES IN THE REGION TO EXERCISE MAXIMUM RESTRAINT AND TAKE MEASURES AND ACTIONS TO REDUCE EXCLAMATIONS AND THE TENSION. SO WHAT WOULD BE THE U.N.’S MESSAGE TONIGHT ABOUT WHAT APPEARS TO BE HAPPENING ON THE PART OF THE IRANIANS?>>AVOID CONFLICT, IT’S ABOUT DIALOGUE.>>Martha: ATTEMPTING TO SEIZE THE SHIP IS NOT AVOIDING CONFLICT.>>IT IS ABOUT COMPLYING WITH THE COMMITMENTS WE HAVE AGREED UPON.>>Martha: I GUESS ONE OF THE FRUSTRATIONS THAT PEOPLE HAVE WHEN THEY HEAR THAT IS THAT IT FEELS LIKE IT DOESN’T HAVE ANY TEETH, ANY ABILITY TO STOP THEM. THIS BODY OF NATIONS THAT WAS FORMED TO TRY TO BE A COLLECTIVE AGAINST THESE THINGS. WHAT YOU SAY TO THOSE CRITICS?>>I THINK THE KEY WORD IS “COLLECTIVE.” I THINK THE NUCLEAR AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BY SEVERAL PARTIES, INCLUDING THE PERMANENT MEMBERS, THE FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL. THE EUROPEAN UNION, IRAN IN THE CASE OF A NUCLEAR DEAL, AND IT HAS TO BE COMPLIED BY ALL SIGNATORIES. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE COMPLY AND ABIDE WITH THIS.>>Martha: AS YOU KNOW, PRESIDENT TRUMP DECIDED THAT HE FELT IT WAS NOT A PACKED THAT WAS ACHIEVING ITS GOAL AND WANTED TO REMOVE THE UNITED STATES FROM THAT. HERE HE IS LAST YEAR AT THE U.N. TALKING ABOUT ENRON AND I WANT TO GET YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE REPEAT — THE NEXT APPEARANCE OF THE PRESIDENT THERE.>>WE CANNOT ALLOW THE REGIME THAT CHANTS “DEATH TO AMERICA” AND THREATENS ISRAEL WITH ANNIHILATION TO POSSESS THE MEANS TO DELIVER A NUCLEAR WARHEAD TO ANY CITY ON EARTH.>>Martha: DO YOU AGREE?>>WHAT I CAN SAY, MARTHA, AGAIN, I THINK I WOULD INVITE THEM TO READ THE U.N. CHARTER BY THE UNITED STATES AT A VERY INSTRUMENTAL ROLE, INCLUDING ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, IN THE DRAFTING OF THE CHARTER. THE U.N. STANDS BY PREVENTING CONFLICT, BY PROMOTING COOPERATION>>Martha: TO NOT ALLOW IRAN TO CHANT “DEATH TO AMERICA AND THREATEN TO ANNIHILATE ISRAEL FOR EXAMPLE.>>I THINK IT IS ABOUT DIALOGUE. IT IS ABOUT CONVERSATION, AND THOSE OF THE PRINCIPLE IS THAT WE STAND BY. AND WE ALSO I THINK IN THE UNITED NATIONS, REALLY PROMOTES MULTILATERALISM, EVEN IF IT’S A VERY DIFFICULT WORD TO PRONOUNCE, EVEN FOR ME, THAT I’M NOT AN ENGLISH SPEAKER. IT’S ABOUT COOPERATION. IT’S ABOUT SOLIDARITY AMONG NATIONS AND IT’S ABOUT PREVENTING CONFLICT. SO OUR MAIN RESPONSIBILITY IS ABOUT PREVENTING CONFLICT, PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE –>>Martha: I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THAT COULD BE ACCOMPLISHED BY HOLDING HIS RESOLUTIONS THAT ARE PUT OUT BY THE U.N. TO COUNTRIES LIKE IRAN. THANK YOU. IF YOU HAVE A LOT ON YOUR PLATE AND WE ONLY GOT TO IRAN TONIGHT,