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Iran's human rights violations

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By John J. Metzler

UNITED NATIONS ― Simmering tensions in the Persian Gulf, resumed uranium enrichment programs, and supporting proxy military operations in Syria's civil conflict and in Yemen headline the current impasse between the West and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Add the diplomatic deadlock in the wake of the United States pulling out of the so-called Iran Nuclear Deal, and there's serious cause for concern over Tehran's next moves.

Now as the UN General Assembly approaches, there's guarded optimism over a possible meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rohani and Donald Trump on the sidelines of the world gathering. Such an encounter could "break the ice" for further discussions.

The U.S. has toughened economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic, including its once lucrative petroleum sector. Yet it's Iran's mullahs who stand to gain should there be some sort of revised "deal" over their proscribed nuclear capacity. Stifling sanctions have crippled Tehran's standing.

But beyond the geopolitical and the diplomatic assessments, there is one lens which is rarely applied to viewing Iran: the sordid human rights situation inside the country of 83 million people where a corrupt and loathsome regime has instilled a reign of fear, intolerance and stupidity in the fabled........

© The Korea Times