Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will never give up its right to peaceful use of nuclear energy, vowing to continue the nuclear path for the country’s development.
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Can a comprehensive deal be reached to limit Iran’s nuclear programme? A panel including former White House WMD Czar Gary Samore and Seyed Mousavian, a former head of the Foreign Relations Committee of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, consider the state of negotiations.
Seyed Mohammad Ali Hosseini
More than anything else, the ISIS scenario is like a book which the United States is willing to read from the end, and in better words, is only interested in the last chapter of that book. The ISIS is another version of the Taliban, whose seed has been planted according to a plan by the United States which seeks to meet that country’s strategic interests in line with the US scheme to create a new Middle East. As a result, the United States is waiting for the harvest season in order to reap the fruit of what it had planted and then prune the branches.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
Reflecting a back-to-the-past approach reminiscent of Obama's predecessor George W. Bush, who excelled in the art of political camouflage through his post-9/11 "pretextual wars" in Iraq and Afghanistan, Obama's new 'coalition politics' vis-a-vis the ISIS threat has all the markings of a textbook US hegemonic approach that will likely prove a pale reenactment of the past play, simply because the world community has drawn precious lessons from the past and will not easily fall in the new trap of blindly heeding Washington's new call to arms.
Beyond the existing challenges, the Iranian nuclear standoff for the first time has linked an important foreign policy issue, that is the possibility of direct talks with the US, with Iran’s domestic politics.
Seyed Mohammad Eslami
The erroneous strategy that has been adopted by Barack Obama and the great depth of the extremism crisis, which has been sweeping through Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen in recent years, only support speculations that the ISIS and other similar extremist groups are nothing but the ominous legacy of US’s failed foreign policy in West Asia and North Africa.
During the past 35 years, it had become habitual for the United States to “throw the ball” into Iran's court and Washington kept doing it all the time. At present, however, it seems that at least with regard to the dangerous phenomenon of extremism and terrorism, which is being spearheaded by the ISIS in the Middle East, this time around, Obama is playing in a different court and the balls he is throwing are targeting goals of the United States’ traditional allies in the region as well as geopolitical rivals of Iran. This important turnaround in the United States Middle East policy can be considered a strategic change of course, which can be also seen as offering a historical opportunity to Tehran.
I think the US thinks it is better to do detente with the Islamic Republic of Iran because of the case of the pivot [to Asia], the rising of the Sunni hardliners and terrorist in the Islamic world and many other issues. However, at the same time, the United States does not want to withdraw sanctions which it has imposed by decree of Mr President or by Congress. Iran’s relations with the European Union are totally different. Iran had relations with European Union and European countries from 400 years ago.
Geranmayeh accepts that there are many difficulties ahead of Iran and the P5+1/EU3+3 in clinching a final, comprehensive deal over Tehran's nuclear program by the extended November 24 deadline. However, if a final deal is agreed whose implementation is unreasonably blocked by the U.S. Congress, Geranmayeh recommends to Europe that as long as "Tehran shows commitment to diplomacy and to agreements reached, Europe should attempt to salvage the negotiations by taking a more independent line on Iran through altering the scope of its unilateral sanctions and ring-fencing its entities from the secondary impact of U.S. sanctions."
Mohammad Hassan Daryaei
The main point with regard to the outstanding issues is Iran's cooperation with the IAEA for giving answers to questions which have been there since many years ago and have not been answered so far. In fact, Iran has cooperated properly in this regard, but instead of being praised for its cooperation, the country has seen its secret nuclear information leaked as a result of which five Iranian nuclear scientists have been assassinated.