It takes place on the same day as the Korean ship was captured… U.S.’Biden government pressure target’ suspicion
The possibility of re-amplifying the conflict between Iran… Operation of a crisis response system centered on the security office
Some “neglect the risk of seizure in advance”… Chinese media “Korea, the US fall out of the pit”
“It is an attempt to gain relief from the international community’s sanctions pressure.”
On the 4th (local time), the US State Department made this statement in a press inquiry asking the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ position on the capture of Korean ships. It is believed that the capture of the Iranian army was not simply aimed at a single merchant ship or the Korean government, but as an intention to shake the sanctions of the international community led by the United States. The United States believes that there is even an intention to press the next Joe Biden administration, given that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard captured Korean ships and the Iranian government announced an increase in uranium enrichment concentrations on the same day. On the 5th, China’s state-run Hwanchu (環球) time announced that “Korea fell into a pit dug by the United States,” and analyzed that the US’ strong policy against Iran would have served as the basis for this incident. In addition, he said, “I should not have forgotten that Korea is perceived as being on the US side in the Middle East.” Immediately after the incident, the US criticized Iran on behalf of South Korea. It is said that Korea is stuck in the conflict between the United States and Iran. The government, which had maintained a low-key response right after the incident, increased the likelihood that Iran captured Korean ships due to complaints about economic sanctions from the United States and the international community, so it actively responded by holding a National Security Council (NSC) meeting. Went out to
Regarding the case, the US State Department said, “As one of the obvious attempts by the Iranian regime to ease sanctions pressure from the international community, it continues to threaten the freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf.” “We responded to South Korea’s request to immediately lift the detention of ships. I will join you.” In particular, the US officially announced that Iran will detain a Korean ship, an ally of the United States, on the same day as “the uranium enrichment concentration will be drastically increased from 4.5% to 20%” at the time the inauguration ceremony of President Biden’s inauguration approached about two weeks. Is paying attention to. The Associated Press said, “The fact that Iran has started enriching uranium to a level that has not been seen since the nuclear agreement in 2015 and the capture of ships of Korean nationality is a factor raising tensions in the Middle East.” This is a lever to increase Iran’s bargaining power with Western countries. I predicted it would be used. Iran decided not to enrich uranium at concentrations of 3.67% or higher for at least 15 years in accordance with a nuclear agreement with six countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia in 2015, and instead obtained sanctions easing. However, in May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally declared withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and restored sanctions against Iran.
The United States is also noting that Iran’s capture of Korean ships took place around the first cycle of the death of the commander of the Kuds Army of the Revolutionary Guard Gasem Soleimani, who died in a U.S. drone attack on January 3 last year. US intelligence officials are said to have confirmed that Iran’s air force and marines’ alert level has recently risen and determined that Iran is likely to launch short-range missiles into Iraq sooner or later. On the 5th, the government initiated an open response by inviting Iran’s ambassador to Korea to the Republic of Korea Said Badamchi Shavestari as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Blue House also disclosed the situation of the response after the capture of Korean ships by time. Blue House spokesman Kang Min-seok said, “After the incident occurred, the head of the National Security Office, Seo-hoon, reported the situation to President Moon Jae-in, and from 4:56 pm yesterday, a video conference was held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Defense.” “According to the presidential order, the government shared the situation across the government from 9 am today (5th) at the National Crisis Management Center at the National Security Office through a situation check meeting attended by relevant ministries and NIS.” At 3 o’clock, the NSC working-level coordination meeting is held under the chairmanship of President Seo, the first deputy head of the National Security Office, and a regular response system is in operation.” However, even within the government, concerns have been raised about the possibility of capturing ships around the 1st cycle of Soleimani’s death from a month ago, but it is pointed out that there was a lack of preemptive response. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is reported to have spread intelligence to the missions in the Middle East in early December of last year that there is a possibility of capturing Korean ships in the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for the freezing of crude oil prices. A diplomatic source said, “The situation has been consistently informing neighboring missions that attention should be paid to the Iranian internal situation, and has been urging special safety management to protect the Korean people and ships.”
Washington = Go to reporter page Lee Jung-eun [email protected]> / Beijing = Correspondent Kiyong Kim / Reporter Jiseon Choi
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