American activist challenges head of State Department's 'Iran action group'
US peace activist Medea Benjamin on Wednesday protested to Washington’s warmongering policies against Iran after a speech by head of US think tank Brian Hook. The 'Iran action group' is headed by Brian Hook.
Iran Press/ America; Benjamin, 66, is the co-founder of Code Pink institute which introduces itself as a 'grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end U.S.-funded wars and occupations, IRNA reported.
'You are making a case for a war with Iran. How did the war with Iraq turn out? You're doing exactly the same thing as we did in the case of Iraq,' Benjamin shouted after Hook finished the first part of his speech at the Hudson Institute discussing the need to stop what he claimed to be the Iranian nuclear proliferation.
In August, the US State Department formed an “Iran Action Group” to coordinate and run an aggressive policy in relation to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
She was on stage about one minute before being pulled out by security forces handcuffed.
She criticized US withdrawal from the historic nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which was signed in 2015 between Iran and the six major world powers including US, Britain, Russia, France and China plus Germany.
On 8 May 2018, US President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the deal amid protest of most of its allies, mainly the European Union, who supported the landmark agreement and urged Trump to stick to the JCPOA.
"The Germans. The French. The British. They want to keep in this deal. The world community wants to keep the deal," Benjamin shouted while she was being removed from the stage by the security guards.
Referring to Hook’s remarks about expecting Iran to act as a normal country, Benjamin ironically said, 'Let's talk about Saudi Arabia.
Is that who our allies are? They are the biggest threat to the world community... It is the Saudi bombing that is killing most people in Yemen.
'Criticizing Hook’s remarks about sanctions on Iran, Benjamin who was being cornered by security forces said, 'I wanna ask: do you think these sanctions are hurting the government, or are they hurting the Iranian people?'
'No more war. Peace with Iran,' she chanted while she was carried out by the security. We want no more war in the Middle East, she added.
The Hudson Institute that was broadcasting Hook’s speech live censored Benjamin’s protests and showed no image of the conference hall before the start of a Q&A session.
Earlier, the US State Department launched a new team to step up pressure on Iran, continuing with its hostile policies vis-a-vis Tehran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the establishment of the 'Iran Action Group' at a news conference on 17th August 2018.