“Wake-Up Call”: Potential UK PM Rishi Sunak on Salman Rushdie Attack

Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak, one of the two candidates for British prime minister, said Friday’s attack on Salman Rushdie should wake up the West about Iran.
Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and body while speaking in New York after Iran called on Muslims to assassinate him for “The Satanic Verses.” Rushdie hid for years afterward. Rushdie endured a long procedure and was on a ventilator Friday night.

Iran’s government hasn’t responded to Rushdie’s attack, but conservative outlets have hailed the perpetrator. Salman Rushdie’s stabbing should serve as a wake-up call for the West, according to former finance minister Rishi Sunak, who also argued that the IRGC should be abolished in light of Iran’s response (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps).

IRGC oversees Iran’s military and intelligence forces.

We need a new, stronger pact and far stiffer sanctions, and if we can’t get outcomes, we must ask if the JCPOA is dead, said Rishi Sunak, alluding to faltering talks between Iran and the West to resurrect a nuclear deal. The 2015 JCPOA allows Iran to scale back its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from U.S., EU, and UN sanctions.

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