Friday, 15 November, 2019

US Foreign Relations Council’s Report on Pressures against Iran: An Analysis

By: Hesam Nazem Bokaei

At a report for US Foreign Relations Council, Dennis Ross, counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Eric Edelman, distinguished fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, and Ray Takeyh, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations wrote on a necessity to exert pressures against Iran.  Stressing that the influence of Iran in region is on the increase, the writers  has mentioned that U.S. should adopt serious policies towards preventing Iran from getting dominant and make it isolated in the region. In such a case, Iran does not have any other way but to resume the talks in order to push Iran towards offering more concessions to the opposite side. They also added “we should dare to walk away from the table and even suspend the talks if we continue to meet an unyielding Iran.  In doing so, we would expose the emptiness of the Iranian claim that all they want is civil nuclear power.”

An Analysis on the report

One of the factors which can put the success of negotiations at risk is the exertion of pressure as well as imposing sanctions on Iran. Iranians, during these 3 decades, have proved that would not surrender in the atmosphere filled with pressure and threat. As Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, said: “the opposite side should know that if they want to make a deal with Iran, Iranians will not make a deal in an atmosphere filled with pressure; in other words, deal is not possible under pressure.  

Another point which the West should take it into consideration is the influence of Iran not only on the regional governments but also on the regional nations and this interaction will not be faded away. Since Iran is one of the most stable and powerful countries in the region, therefore, US and other western countries should talk and interact with Iran if they want to make the region more stable and safer.

Unfortunately, U.S. officials and politicians have not noticed such current realities in Iran. Iran, in spite of having power and influence in the region, did not and will not seek for producing mass destruction weapons such as nuclear weapons. This policy lies in a part of Iran’s religious beliefs.    

Concerning the above-mentioned cases, it can be concluded that unfortunately, there are some people in the western countries especially US obstructing and derailing the talks because they know that their interests are jeopardized. Yet, they have used the media to demonstrate the people that making a deal with Iran can be possible only by exerting and imposing sanctions on Iran.  


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