Interaction Replacing Threat Following Nuclear Deal

Monday, July 27, 2015

Gholamali Khoshroo
Iran's Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations; New York

One of the most important achievements of the recent nuclear agreement [between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries] was the failure of securitization project against Iran, which aimed to introduce the country as the greatest regional and international threat. Many efforts were made in past years to project Iran as the most dangerous threat in the minds and language of a great many of American people and, to some extent, the people in Europe and the Middle East region. When such an erroneous attitude turns into the dominant discourse, de-legitimization, pressure, sanctions, threat and even all-out war become optimal options in order to deal with such a threat. The praiseworthy and difficult negotiations that were conducted in the past two years finally managed to reverse this dangerous trend of securitization of Iran issue. Now, six world powers have accepted that Iran has the right to carry out uranium enrichment even though that acceptance has come with a series of temporary limitations. Iran, however, will continue its enrichment work without any cessation or suspension. In addition, through adoption of a new resolution by the United Nations Security Council, the international community has actually owned up to the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program in addition to accepting Iran's right to enrichment. Of course, Iran has also accepted to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency on the basis of clear rules and in a managed way in order to address its allegations and ambiguities with total transparency.

In line with this cooperation and understanding, the Security Council has passed a new resolution, which actually does away with all previous six Security Council resolutions, which had introduced Iran as a threat and imposed sanctions on the country.

Repealing of those resolutions and termination of past threats and sanctions is a very important step in this stage. After abrogation of sanctions against economic, financial, energy and banking sectors of Iran, the country will have access to its financial resources and will move toward more power and progress through economic interaction with the world and suitable planning. In addition, through the implementation of the latest agreements and in a period of 10 years, Iran's nuclear case will be taken out of the Security Council and restrictions against the country’s peaceful nuclear activities will be removed. On this basis, and from a strategic viewpoint, the recent nuclear agreement has had three important achievements for Iran:

a. Enjoying peace and stability while playing a constructive and effective role at national, regional and international levels;
b. Enjoying peaceful nuclear technology with access to full nuclear fuel cycle;
c. Enjoying a dynamic and resistant economy free from sanctions which will engage in cooperation and interaction with global economy.

Necessary grounds for these achievements have been provided through recent agreements, but their final realization depends on national solidarity, collective cooperation, and interaction with the world. It is due to this promising and hope-inspiring outlook that the enemies of Iran, especially Israel and its allies in the United States and the region, have launched a campaign against this agreement. Israel and its allies, which were expecting collapse or submission of Iran in a delusional manner, are now witnessing steadfastness and success of Iran. Iran has managed to stand upright exactly at the same point where the enemies expected it to be brought to its knees.

Iran has been able to negotiate with six world powers and have the Security Council’s sanctions and binding resolutions repealed without implementing them and simply through negotiations. This is an unprecedented phenomenon in political history of the world. This historical achievement has been made possible through power and resilience of Iran.

The power of Iran stems from guidelines of the Leader; national solidarity; independence of the Islamic Establishment; defense preparedness; resistance and steadfastness and sacrifice of people; and efforts made by Iranian scientists and elites. Now, translating Iran's power resources into political victories in international arena depends on our ability to appear resilient and also on our finesse through negotiations. A country that lacks power and self-confidence will not be resilient enough because it sees the threat of collapse imminent. However, a country with adequate self-confidence will be resilient and ready for negotiations in order to preserve and promote its standing. The strategy that the Iranian administration followed to build consensus inside the country while engaging in interaction with the world, and the subsequent breathtaking negotiations all led to important achievements for Iran. The power of the Islamic Establishment, along with foresight and negotiations, has finally succeeded to change the unjust structure of global power; a structure which is based on force and hegemony, on the one side, and subordination or collapse, on the other side.

Iran entered negotiations based on mutual respect and on the basis of bargaining and has been able to replace the unilateral trend of sanctions, threat and destruction with a different trend of bilateral interactions, mutual respect, cooperation, progress and development. We must never forget that the more we expand our possibilities through a combination of power and resilience in global interactions, the better would be the position that we gain in international system. Let’s hope that after abrogation of all sanctions resolutions that were previously imposed on Iran, the Islamic Republic will be provided with a strong foundation for this historical transition from threat to interaction. Iran, as a country with rich culture and civilization, which has been able to preserve its identity and independence during past millennia and is still holding its head high, has not gained this superb position through breach of its promises and injustice. If we appeared so serious and not surrendering in negotiations, it was because we wanted to simply accept an obligation which we would be able to fulfill in practice. Iran will always fulfill an obligation that it accepts. Our negotiation partners should also remain committed to their obligations. It is only through commitment to obligations, goodwill and good behavior that we can witness victory of diplomacy over war in the current world which is full of suffering, tyranny and violence.

Key Words: Iran, Interaction, Threat, Nuclear Deal, Sanctions, United Nations Security Council, P5+1, New Resolution, Iran's Right to Enrichment, Dynamic and Resistant Economy, Power and Resilience, Negotiations, Mutual Respect, Khoshroo   

Source: Shargh Daily
Translated By: Iran Review.Org

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