Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the US administration has not been as successful in Iran’s diplomatic isolation as the economic sanctions. “The United States will do its best to implement this anti-Iran policy in the time left until the US presidential race.”
Strategic Council Online: A university professor says the United States is trying to provide a legal argument that is purely political in nature, whereby to secure the short-term goal of extending Iran’s arms embargo. “If they fail to extend these sanctions, they will try to activate the trigger mechanism, if possible, so that if they could not use it during their term in office the next administration can use it.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on American affairs says Iran should be given priority in receiving a loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) due to the sanctions, lack of access to its financial resources and in the face of the coronavirus crisis. He says except for the US sabotaging, the IMF has no technical pretext for not lending to Iran and this should be protested to by the international community.
Strategic Council Online: US President Ronald Trump is under intense public pressure these days, and the evidence points to negligence and uncertainty in crisis management in the United States, which has made the situation in the country very critical. Now the president of the United States is looking for a victim to put the blame on, and to hold that institution or organization responsible for this scandal.
Amir Ali Abolfatah – American affairs expert
Strategic Council Online: A university professor has said that Brian Hook’s trips to Europe with an anti-Iranian agenda do not carry the weight of the past three years and the US has concluded that the sanctions strategy has literally failed. He added that the strategy of communicating with the UK should be put on the agenda and various aspects of cooperation should be considered.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor outlining the domestic and regional grounds of US assassination of Lt. General Qassem Soleimani said: “With this assassination, the US strategy towards Iran has changed and they think they have made a great achievement.”
Strategic Council Online: An international affairs analyst said Europe claims to be seeking a way to keep the Iran Nuclear Agreement alive by launching the trigger dispute mechanism. He said: “The reality is that if Europeans want Iran to unilaterally fulfill its JCPOA obligations, this would not be acceptable to Iran and continuation of the current trend by Europe may put an end to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to Romania and Hungary, stressing that Europe’s alleged commitment to the Iran Nuclear Agreement (known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) must be accompanied by tangible results, said: Unfortunately, to date we have seen no positive move, other than speech therapy, from the EU in preserving the JCPOA.
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor touched on US action to prevent Iranian patients with MPS from having access to US proprietary drugs and said: This US action is worse than resolutions imposed against Iran, and therefore such an action is unilateral and violates international law, human rights and humanitarian law.
Strategic Council Online: Iran cannot execute a multilateral agreement alone! The Europeans have actually pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but have not officially declared it. They expect Iran to implement an agreement that they themselves would not respect.
Strategic Council Online: An expert on strategic issues said that what was not included in the US calculations was the impact of Commander Suleimani’s martyrdom which simultaneously created a dramatic and unimaginable resurgence in all domestic, regional and trans-regional trends.
Strategic Council Online: Given the US maximum pressure policy, the continuation of Iran’s policy of “neither talks nor war” is one of the instances that reflect a realistic approach in Tehran’s foreign policy.
Dr. Abdollah Moradi – University Professor and Defense and Security Analyst
Strategic Council Online: The President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations emphasized that Iran’s view of its relations with China is strategic and comprehensive.
Strategic Council Online: Both the record and the party inclinations of new EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell suggest that he will likely follow Federica Mogherini’s approach on Iran and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Strategic Council Online: A university professor considers France’s stance on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the recent turmoil in Iran as politically motivated and completely biased. He also emphasized that the French Foreign Minister’s warning on using the trigger mechanism and a return to the international sanctions would be a form of evading its commitments.
Strategic Council Online: A disarmament affairs expert said: A review of historical records suggests intelligence agencies in some countries may send individuals to a country’s nuclear facilities posing as IAEA inspectors.
Strategic Council Online: Former Iranian ambassador to China says given China’s capabilities and its willingness to counter US demands, the opportunity for cooperation between Tehran and Beijing has increased in certain contexts.
Strategic Council Online: A member of Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee says Europe does not have the necessary power to fulfill its bids on Iran, adding: “The truth is that European plans to keep the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are not raised independently and are checked with the US Department of the Treasury. These schemes are not independent and therefore would be fruitless.”
Strategic Council Online: The US is not seeking to lift its pressure on Iran, and in the proposals, they have made there is no evidence to seek to ease the sanctions or shake or weaken the pressure structure on Tehran or create a significant change in the economic situation of Iran.
Strategic Council Online: On the one hand, Iran is sending a message to the West that Tehran has many different options for coalition making in the Persian Gulf, and on the other hand, the Russians are sending a message to Western countries that if they want to raise the level of tension in the region Moscow is also capable of playing a role in the Persian Gulf.
Shoaib Bahman – Russian Affairs Expert