Washington’s maximum pressure campaign on Iran has forced her to seek allies and aid from countries the United States also considers to be hostile or competitors. Yesterday, cooperative naval drills were carried out by China, Russia, and Iran, under the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium, (IONS) that are intended to keep all militaries in the region with permanent naval missions on alert.
Iran currently holds the rotating presidency of IONS which she took over in 2018.
“The Iranian people are, once again, on the streets because of the regime’s poor economic management,” remarked Pompeo to members of the press on the 26th.
Much like the opposition protests in Venezuela, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the U.S. “stands with the people of Iran in their struggle against an oppressive regime that silences them while arresting and murdering protesters”.
It’s a clear double standard from Washington, since it is from the White House’s own policies that the “poor economic management” has the people of Tehran up in arms due to the utter destruction of so many of Iran’s international trading opportunities.