Strategic Council Online – Interview: An expert on international affairs commenting on the UN Secretary General’s recent request to the United States to lift sanctions on Iran said: This request shows that international bodies, including the United Nations, the Security Council and the International Atomic Energy Agency, have gained a better understanding of Iran’s peaceful nuclear activity.
Tag: US withdrawal from JCPOA
Strategic Council Online: Europe does not seem to tilt toward the United States, but at the same time INSTEX too is unlikely to take some effective action.
Abdolreza Faraji Rad – European Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: The Americans will revise their Iran policy once they find out that the anti-Iran sanctions have had either little impacts or are ineffective.
Hassan Beheshtipour – International Affairs Expert
Strategic Council Online: We Iranians have a saying that “Where There Is a Will There Is a Way.” One year into the US pullout from the Iran Nuclear Agreement this Iranian proverb can serve as a good yardstick to examine the compliance of the European side with its commitment maintaining an agreement which Europe itself considers imperative to safeguard the security of the region.
Dr. Ali Karbalaie Hosseini – International Law Expert
Strategic Council Online: President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Dr Kamal Kharrazi says multilateralism is now on the brink of extinction as a result of the unilateral measures of the US administration. Therefore, he stressed, it is necessary to identify the roots of the failure of multilateralism and make collective efforts to give birth to neo-multilateralism.
Strategic Council Online: President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Dr Kamal Kharrazi says the incumbent US president’s strategy is to cause a rift in Europe and prevent its cohesion on the one hand and exterminate the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the other.
Strategic Council Online: President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Dr Kamal Kharrazi, referring to Iran’s decision on partial suspension of its JCPOA commitments during 60 days said: “It’s a good opportunity for Europe to compensate for its past procrastination by accelerating the implementation of INSTEX and prevent the death of the JCPOA.”
Strategic Council Online: A review of what Europe has done to keep the Iran Nuclear Deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA), with INSTEX (Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges) being the latest example, shows that Europe wants to, but cannot afford or is not ready to pay the relevant costs.
Dr Behzad Ahmadi Laforki – Expert on European Affairs
Strategic Council Online: The second US-North Korean summit ended in Vietnam without a clear conclusion and agreement. The main question occupying the minds of analysts is whether this summit meeting is the end of the first step of the two countries in trying diplomacy. Or is the end of diplomacy between the United States and North Korea due to the continuation of negotiations because of differences in approaches?
Assadollah Kaveh – East Asia Affairs Expert
“It is fundamental and crucial for our security”. With these words, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini pushed back against renewed calls by the US to end Europe’s support for the Iran Nuclear Deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as it is formally called.
Andrea Dessì – Senior Fellow of IAI’s Mediterranean and Middle East programme
Strategic Council Online: The taxi driver in Tehran was furious: “Where is the EU? We believed that you were strong enough to deliver on your commitments, but why are you not doing anything to stand up to Trump?”
Vassilis Ntousas – FEPS
Strategic Council Online: Although Europe’s action in registering and launching the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) can be an effective step in countering the US sanctions against Iran, and consequently saving the Iran Nuclear Agreement also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), yet the primary issue about launching this financial channel is that the real actors, namely the commercial and banking institutions of Europe have made no comments on this financial channel and have not said if they are willing to join or not!
Ali Bigdeli, University Professor and expert on foreign policy affairs
Strategic Council Online: The president of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said the EU’s repeated delays in implementing the special purpose vehicle (SPV) to do business with Iran, on the pretext of being unable to exercise influence on European companies is unacceptable.
Strategic Council Online: Six months ago there was a lot of commotion in the psychological atmosphere of the society, and the prospects of Iran’s economy were very vague; of course it was not only Iranians who were waiting for the US President Donald Trump to announce his decision about the Iran Nuclear Deal (also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).
Reza Majidzadeh – Researcher, political economy of development
Strategic Council Online: President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Dr. Kamal Kharrazi says Iranians stand united against US pressures and “we are trying to overcome these problems with due regard to our resources and facilities, the assistance of the friendly countries as well as mechanisms being formulated by the European Union.”
Strategic Council Online: The President of the Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said: ‘Europe is pursuing its independence, development of the euro, and its security independence from the United States, all developments that are welcomed by Iran.’