TEHRAN (Press Shia) – A senior political analyst from the US State of Illinois described the Zionist regime of Israel and US as the “real axis of evil”, noting that both US President Donald Trump and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu disgraced themselves with "deplorable lies" against Iran at the UN.
“America and Israel are a real axis of evil, threatening humanity’s survival by their rogue agendas, partnering in each other’s high crimes,” Chicago-based Stephen Lendman said in an interview with the Press Shia News Agency.
Stephen Lendman is a writer, syndicated columnist, activist, News TV personality, and radio show host. He currently writes for MoneyNewsNow.com and VeteransToday.com and hosts, since 2007, a progressive radio show at The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network.
Following is the full text of the interview:
Press Shia: In his address the United Nations General Assembly, US President Donald Trump accused the Iranian government of exporting “violence, bloodshed and chaos.” "Iran must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors." What do you think? Is it Iran that is exporting violence or is it the US?
Lendman: Trump and especially Netanyahu disgraced themselves commenting on Iran – deplorable lies, ignoring hard truths, revealing their rogue leadership to the whole world.
I wrote 3 articles on Trump’s address, one yesterday before he delivered it suggesting what’s he say, 2 more today and another on Netanyahu’s demagoguery.
Iran is polar opposite America and Israel, supporting world peace and stability, wanting mutual cooperation among all nations.
America and Israel are a real axis of evil, threatening humanity’s survival by their rogue agendas, partnering in each other’s high crimes.
Press Shia: Elsewhere in his address, he said that the internationally-negotiated nuclear agreement with Iran is an “embarrassment” to the United States, raising question whether he intends to stay in the 2015 accord. Experts believe that Trump is just bluffing. Do you believe so?
Lendman: I know Trump wants the Iran nuclear deal abolished. The other P5+1 countries support it, publicly against his aim. The IAEA said multiple times Iran fully complies with JCPOA terms.
America alone breaches them, including by imposing illegal sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities.
I don’t know what Trump will do. My best guess is he may try to invent a phony Iranian JCPOA violation, like refusing to allow inspections of its military bases, something most countries won’t permit, then use it as a pretext to rescind US involvement, falsely claiming Iran is at fault.
This is the underhanded way America operates, why it can never be trusted.
Press Shia: Trump also warned that he would “totally destroy” North Korea if the country threatened the United States or its allies. "The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," he said. What do you think?
Lendman: I doubt Trump will attack North Korea but it’s possible. He knows China earlier said if this happens, it’ll defend the DPRK.
For now, his UN comments appear to be bluster. North Korea threatens no one. It’ll well known but not admitted publicly the way I do all the time.
I deplore nuclear weapons but defend the DPRK’s right to defend itself against feared US aggression.
Press Shia: Israeli PM Netanyahu praised Trump for most "courageous" UN speech in the past 30 years? What is your take on this?
Landman: Netanyahu disgraced himself praising Trump’s address. The ones they both delivered were abominations.