UK’s Sunak proposes ‘Rushdie sanctions’ on Iran — Analysis
The attack on novelist Salman Rushdie should become “a wake-up call for the West,” Rishi Sunak has said
Rishi Sunak is the UK Conservative Party’s candidate for leadership calledFor a more severe approach to Iran sanctions in the wake of recent attacks on Salman Rushdie, a novelist.
On Friday, the Indian-born British American writer was attacked as he was about to present a lecture in New York. A possible cause for the assault 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 retracted this edict, an Iranian religious foundation placed a $3.3 million bounty on the writer’s head in 2012.
Sunak says that the following: “brutal stabbing” of Rushdie should serve as “a wake-up call for the West” that should prompt Britain to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an influential branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, a terrorist organization. The US already considers the IRGC a terrorist organization.
Sunak, the former UK chancellor of the Exchequer, noted that Tehran’s response to the incident further supported the case for blacklisting the Islamic organization. Sunak also stated that any attempts to save the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement with Iran (formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) might not succeed.
“We urgently need a new, strengthened deal and much tougher sanctions, and if we can’t get results then we have to start asking whether the JCPOA is at a dead end,”He was referring to the deal that set limits on Iran’s nuclear program.
Rishi Sunak’s comments came after Iranian media quoted Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei as saying that the “arrow”His predecessor took the photo “will one day hit the target.”
Some more conservative outlets wrote positively about the attack.
Kayhan’s newspaper for example referred to the attacker as “a terrorist”. “brave and dutiful”Person, while an Iranian publication, Khorasan daily reacted with a piece entitled “Satan on the way to hell,”This is an obvious reference to Rushdie.
Hadi Matar is a New Jersey resident aged 24. After the attack, Matar was charged with second degree murder. Preliminary findings indicate that Matar was “sympathetic to Shia extremism and Iran.”
Rushdie received multiple stab wounds at an event held in New York State Friday. The attack left Rushdie on a ventilator. Author Aatish Tseer claims that he was able to talk by Sunday. But, the author reportedly suffered nerve damage to both his arm and liver. He could also lose one eye.
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