Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to all its nuclear obligations, stressing that sanctions against the Islamic Republic must be lifted “all at once.”
Iran and China are two Asian countries that have coexisted peacefully for ages and the background of their relations is free from any hostility. As a result, the two countries are taking a step by step approach to formulating a model for overall strategic partnership. In this way, the expectations of domestic critics of these relations will be met once development of bilateral relations takes on more speed and the two countries take their cooperation in international developments to a whole new level.
These days, the western winds are not bringing good news to Tel Aviv. The old friends in the West are gradually increasing their distance from Israel as if they are trying to evade an Ebola patient. The political culture and overall orientation of the public opinion in Europe and the United States is gradually changing and there is small, if any, tendency to continue their costly support for Israelis. Israel, on the other hand, has had no choice, but to leave the West and turn toward the East; toward New Delhi, Beijing and Tokyo.
It’s possible to bridge the gaps that keep Iran and the West apart and actualize the normalization of relations between them. This is the substance and gist of statements made by Richard Bacon MP who talked to Iran Review in an extensive and in-depth interview conducted in December last year.
On the one hand, China will have to pay a price for attracting Iran's attention in order to be able to continue using the country as a means of boosting its own global influence and strategic clout in international issues. On the other hand, a final agreement will give Iran more maneuvering room in order to send calculated signals to the West. In this way, Iran will be able to bring new balance to its relations with China in such areas as economy, as well as in security and defense interactions.
Iran and the Republic of Azerbaijan are neighboring countries with both land and sea borders and also enjoy a great deal of religious, social and cultural commonalities in addition to close ties, such as family relations, between their citizens. However, despite such grounds for good relations, political, economic and cultural ties between the two states do not match the existing capacities in the two countries.
Mohammad Davoud Beigi
Western analysts and politicians believe that the rising power of Houthis in Yemen will amount to rising power of the Islamic Republic of Iran in that country and the entire region. Therefore, we have been witness to serious efforts by the Western and Arab intelligence services, which tried to prevent the rise of Houthis to power in Yemen by throwing their weight behind various terrorist groups.
Seyed Hossein Mousavian
Failed policies of direct foreign intervention and the folly of shaping the New Middle East since the Newcons assumed office in Washington, have created destruction with the region and further complicated its problems; among others, chronic underdevelopment, the still open wound of Palestine, rise of reactionary Salafi currents, and unfortunate expansion of sectarian strife.
As the existing trends show, the number of agreement that have been signed between Iran and Russia, but their implementation has been hampered due to a host of bilateral, regional and international reasons is not small. The contract for the construction of Bushehr nuclear power plant, the contract for the delivery of S-300 missile system, and a recent memorandum of understanding to swap oil for goods are but a few examples to the point. Military cooperation between Iran and Russia has a long and bumpy road to go. Under present circumstances, both countries are more willing for cooperation.
There is no doubt that China and Russia enjoy enough potential to mount pressure on the US Congress. The US Congress has been trying to make Iran’s nuclear case, which is a key international security issue, a hostage of the United States’ domestic policies. If China shows necessary initiative in this regard, it will have a lot of opportunities for its future ties with Iran. In other worlds, such a behavior by China under the present sensitive circumstances that surround Iran's nuclear case will play a great role in shaping future image of this country among Iranian elites and lay people alike.