Strategic Council Online: A university professor says US President Donald Trump’s order to set sanctions against staff of the International Court of Justice at The Hague shows that the Americans know no limits in committing all sorts of crimes. He added: “In the past, the Americans were never convicted for the crimes they committed in the past, but today a major substantial shift is taking shape globally and with the growing awareness and understanding of the world people they will react to these atrocious acts and behaviors.”
Strategic Council Online: For years, the United States incited people in Iran to take to the streets, set things on fire, destroy, kill, and called them freedom-lovers and officially supported them beyond civil protests. The United States announced loudly that regime change in Iran was near so much so that it claimed Iranians will not see their 40th anniversary of the revolution. The United States applied maximum pressure on the Iranian nation by using all the tools at its disposal and expected the Iranians not to survive under the pressure of sanctions and to kneel, and thus the establishment would collapse in Iran.
Strategic Council Online: Regarding the coordination of European approaches and policies with the United States, especially during the presidency of Donald Trump, it should be noted that Europeans are strategically aligned with the Americans, but the way to realize their goals and tactics is different from Washington.
Morteza Maki – Expert on European Affairs
Strategic Council Online: As long as Trump is in the White House nothing will change if US relations with Europe do not deteriorate; But if he fails to enter the White House again and someone like Joe Biden wins the presidential election, relations between Europe and the United States will go back to normal as in previous years and will gradually improve.
Abdolreza Farajirad – Professor of Geopolitics
Strategic Council Online: Explaining the US efforts to release a UN Security Council resolution against Iran and activating the trigger mechanism, a university professor said: “A decisive response must be given to those who fully understand that their actions will not be without a cost, otherwise Biden’s victory in the presidential election would be more dangerous for Iran than Trump.”
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: A strategic affairs expert believes the corona crisis is a positive factor for launching a club of sanctioned. “The corona crisis is pushing the world economy towards the endogeneity of countries and a nationalist approach that can serve as a positive factor for creating such a club.
Strategic Council Online: “Despite international efforts to lift unilateral sanctions against Iran under the coronavirus crisis, unfortunately, there are no signs of a change in US policy,” said an analyst of international affairs. He added that the IRI Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made great and successful efforts to this end but the pressure must be much greater to be effective and leave an impact on the Trump team.
Strategic Council Online: Given the economic and social implications of the coronavirus in the United States, maybe it would be more attractive if Trump was defeated by his Democratic rival, Joe Biden. However, even if this would be the case given the US governing structure in practice, it is unlikely for Biden to be able to make effective changes in the US strategy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Saeed Shokouhi – Faculty Member of Allameh Tabatabai University
Strategic Council Online: US officials have witnessed a series of open and clandestine steps to launch anti-Iranian movements in Iraq that have not only led to serious setbacks but have also resulted in the expulsion of US troops from Iraq.
Jafar Ghanadbashi – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: “With the decline in US focus on foreign affairs and adoption of a controversial approach towards its allies, we will soon see more gaps in the alliance on the two sides of the Atlantic and greater independence of Europe,” said an expert on international affairs, referring to the corona pandemic.
An international law expert referring to the role of the United Nations in dealing with US-sanctioned countries in their fight against the Coronavirus said the sanctions targeting the health system, and medical and pharmaceutical equipment must be lifted as soon as possible. He said the United Nations and the Secretary-General by playing an active role in this respect should strongly oppose the continuation of these evil policies.
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said US inhuman actions under the Coronavirus crisis are in no way in line with the slogans it claims to be adhering. He stressed that US officials’ aim behind the sanctions that have made the fight against Coronavirus difficult is to put direct pressure on the Iranian people to spark discontent.
Strategic Council Online: Russia’s creeping penetration in OPEC as a mate to OPEC and its non-cooperation with OPEC in its latest bid to avert further damage to member states shows that OPEC’s monopoly power in the oil market before being defeated by America’s growing power in production and extraction of Shale oil is struck by the double standards strategy and unilateralism of its members with non-member allies.
Reza Majidzadeh – Researcher in Political Economy of Development
Strategic Council Online: A university professor in international laws and international relations criticized the United States for obstructing the quick and easy supply of Iran’s medical needs to combat Coronavirus. He said: “We do not call this sanctions but economic terrorism and the result is the slaughter of human beings that started by the Trump regime nearly two years ago.”
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: Recently, news broke out that the United States is seeking to resume talks with North Korea. According to the White House National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien “it’s a positive sign that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had not delivered on a warning of a Christmas gift.” However, there is still a long and winding road to resolving the crisis on the Korean Peninsula and according to current trends there is no positive prospect of resolving it until at least the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.
Mohammad Zare: China and Asia affairs expert
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.