Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says the Islamic Republic will not accept humiliation or the continuation of sanctions during negotiations over its nuclear program.
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.
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.
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.
Kaveh L. Afrasiabi
As we draw nearer to the month-long 2015 NPT Review Conference, with rising global tensions and the ominous signs of a "new Cold War" between U.S. and Russia triggered by the Ukrainian crisis, gloomy prospects for the outcome of this conference with respect to the thorny issue of nuclear disarmament may be unavoidable. The UN machinery on disarmament has been effectively paralyzed for sometime and the world as a whole has been placed on re-armament instead of disarmament track, in light of the nuclear modernization plans of the nuclear-have nations and their doctrinal reliance on nuclear weapons that run contrary to the de-legitimation of these weapons of mass destruction, as a sine qua non for effective disarmament.
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.
On the possible reconciliation between Tehran and Washington, Prof. Tirman says, “[t]here have been many cases that are much worse than U.S. and Iran that have been successfully resolved. Then, we can think of France and Germany for example; they had two colossal wars fought within three decades with each other in which millions and millions of people were killed. You know, they resolved their differences and they did so very successfully; in Europe it’s a great success story,” he said.
The approach taken by the Western, especially American, diplomacy to achieve agreements and consolidate their grip on international issues, especially with regard to important issues, has been to turn a bilateral issue into a multilateral and international one. In this way, they would be able to not only mount pressure on their opposite sides, but also take the highest amount of concessions from them. In doing so, they have ignored the fact that internationalization of issues has not been always to their benefit.