Strategic Council Online: An expert on geopolitics has said France has failed to adopt appropriate policies on counterterrorism, saying that while Europe’s top concern has been terrorist acts over less than a decade, Mr Macron thinks we are still in the Cold War era and gives the first priority to developing nuclear weapons and to boast them against Russia.
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.”
Two senior Iranian diplomats who attended a conference in Tehran under the theme “Islamic World and Deal of the Century” emphasized that the essence of the Deal of the Century was the annihilation of Palestine, though it had a brief look at the domestic policy of America and the Zionist regime.
Strategic Council Online: The Americans themselves know that the plan is not coming to fruition, but are keen to press the Palestinians with economic tools, a Middle East affairs analyst said.
Strategic Council Online: Saudi Arabia, led by Mohammed bin Salman, seeks to expand political and economic ties with the Zionist regime by trying to incorporate Israel into emerging power blocs in the Middle East, providing a new model of friendship and hostility in the region, forgetting the aspirations of the Palestinian people, and completely disregarding their natural rights and portraying Iran instead of Israel as the enemy of the Arabs.
Davoud Ahmadzadeh – Middle East Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: An Afghan affairs expert says it seems we will witness more Taliban violence against the United States in the future. “Under Ronald Trump, keeping the status quo and its continuation despite the Taliban violence is regarded one of the main indicators of the US foreign policy in Afghanistan and one cannot expect Washington to make a tangible change in its Afghan policies after the failure of 11 rounds of negotiations and the shooting down of a military plane,” he said.
Strategic Council Online: German leaders have decided to spend part of their military budget to deploy military forces to bolster the defense of Germany and Europe, as the best defence for countries is to move their strongholds overseas. That is to say, if a country wants to defend itself, it must also be a military activist in its periphery.
Abdolreza Farajirad – University Professor in Geopolitics
Strategic Council Online: A Middle East affairs analyst, pointing out the dimensions of the so-called Deal of the Century scheme, emphasized: Compared to the Oslo Process the scheme does not have an advantage and the economic development promised to the Palestinians is in vain and sounds like a joke. The unveiling of the traitorous Deal of the Century is an opportunity for the unity of the Islamic Ummah and cooperation between Islamic governments in defending the rights of the Palestinian people.
Strategic Council Online: An Afghan affairs expert said the US military plane crash in Afghanistan could indicate that Washington has become so vulnerable in the region that it is hurt even by the Taliban. “If it is proved it is the work of the Taliban the US policy towards the Taliban is set to change.”
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor said Trump’s team is trying to distort the allegations levelled against him by influencing the impeachment process, saying that the impeachment had left great impacts on the American public — an impact that is not tangible now but will show itself during the elections.
Strategic Council Online: An international relations professor says the Americans have a number of plans to boost their presence in Iraqi Kurdistan. “America has come to the conclusion that it is more desirable for them to be in Iraqi Kurdistan than Baghdad and its green zone.”
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.
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 said that the Iranian military operation against the US military base in Baghdad was merely a blow to American grandeur and that Iran’s response will be given in due time and within the geography of the Resistance. The Americans should estimate their response within the new calculations not the previous evaluations that Iran exercised restraint.
Strategic Council Online: A university professor said that the US criminal assassination of Lt. General Qassem Suleimani was the result of Washington’s desperation against Iran and General Suleimani and his braveries. He added the Americans thought that with assassination of General Suleimani they would be allowed to revive the US-led and managed ISIS.
Strategic Council Online: Republicans will keep threatening Iran as long as outbreak of war is unlikely. Democrats strongly condemn Trump’s order to assassinate Lt. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, but Republicans do not; however, they disagree on whether the assassination was necessary or not.
Amir Ali Abolfatah – American Affairs expert
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: An expert on Russian affairs, said that China and Russia not only have opposing interests sometimes but could be rivals on other times. “Although the leaders of the two countries term ties as strategic but in the opinion of theorists China-Russia relations are not strategic.”