UK PM’s hope calls for tougher Iran sanctions – Reuters

Attack on novelist Salman Rushdie should become ‘a wake-up call for the West’, says Rishi Sunak

On Sunday, the candidate for British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called for tougher sanctions on Iran in response to the recent attack on novelist Salman Rushdie.

The British-American writer of Indian origin was stabbed in New York state on Friday as he prepared to give a lecture. A possible cause of the attack could have been his 1988 novel “The Satanic Verses”, which was condemned by Muslims for its allegedly blasphemous references to Islam and its holy book, the Koran. In 1989, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s death, and while Iran officially withdrew that edict, an Iranian religious foundation placed a bounty of 3 .3 million on the head of the writer in 2012.

According to Sunak, the “brutal stabbing” of Rushdie should serve as “a wake-up call for the West” this should prompt Britain to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an influential branch of Iran’s armed forces, a terrorist organization. The IRGC is already considered as such by the United States and a number of other countries.

Sunak, Britain’s former Chancellor of the Exchequer, noted that Tehran’s response to the incident further bolsters the case for blacklisting the Islamic organization. He also said that all attempts to salvage the historic 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), could fail.

“We urgently need a new, stronger deal and much tougher sanctions, and if we can’t get results, we have to start wondering if the JCPOA is at an impasse,” he added. . he pointed out, referring to the agreement that put limits on Iran’s nuclear program.

Rishi Sunak’s comments came after Iranian media quoted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei as saying the “The arrow” shot down by his predecessor “Will hit the target one day.”

Some of the seemingly most diehard media even wrote about the attack in positive terms.

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The Kayhan newspaper, for example, portrayed the attacker as a “courageous and dedicated” nobody, while another Iranian publication, the daily Khorasan, reacted to the incident with an article titled “Satan on the Road to Hell” an apparent reference to Rushdie.

The suspect Iranian media were referring to is Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old New Jersey resident. After the attack, he was charged with second degree murder. According to initial findings, Matar was “sympathetic to Shiite extremism and Iran.”

Rushdie was stabbed multiple times at a public event in New York state on Friday. Following the attack, the author was placed on a ventilator, but on Sunday, according to author Aatish Taseer, he was taken off it and is now able to speak. However, he reportedly suffered nerve damage to his arm, liver damage and may even lose an eye.

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