Self-centered approach isolating US: Malaysian analyst

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 6, IRNA - The US self-centered approach toward the world has isolated it, as other nations are coming up with various ways, including building strategic alliances, to skirt the US, a Malaysian expert said.

Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Chandra Muzaffar, Malaysian political scientist described the anti-Iran measured taken by the US President Donald Trump as a 'psychological war' which deserves to be recounted by European media, as well as the Chinese and Russian ones.

'Iranian intellectuals and civil society groups should also work with their counterparts all over the world,' he added on Monday.

'A massive counter offensive against the Zionist controlled media should be launched,' the Malaysian activist said.

Chandra Muzaffar who is also president of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST) in Malaysia, said that the anti-Iran sanctions will not be effective due to its unilateral nature.

'Most of the time, the imposition of unilateral sanctions especially by the US has not succeeded. The most recent example would be the imposition of sanctions against Russia by the US government during President Barak Obama's time,' he said.

As to the current sanctions against Iran, even the close allies of the US do not support it, he said.

'More and more countries are speaking up against US unilateralism compared to a few years ago,' the analyst said referring to a number of US withdrawal from international deals and organizations.

'In fact, its trade war against China and other countries has given the impression that Trump's America is extremely self-centred and does not care about the well-being of other people. Because more and more countries are against US unilateralism, they are now coming together in a number of new ways. They are using their own currencies to trade for instance. They are building strategic alliances in both economic and security terms,' the Malaysian scientist said.

He also noted that the sanctions are impeding the development of specific countries.

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