News ID: 187749
Published: 1036 GMT February 15, 2017

Iran-US ties unpredictable with moody Trump

Iran-US ties unpredictable with moody Trump

Political Desk

Figures like US President Donald Trump make many promises to rise to power but they do not mull over whether such promises could be fulfilled.

Trump was seeking to mobilize support by chanting demagogic slogans while, in fact, his main goal was to be elected president.

The Republican billionaire made remarks against immigrants and vowed to bar Muslims from entering the US. Irrespective of such controversial comments, Trump has been pursuing an anti-Iran stance since the inception of his presidential campaign.

He threatened to tear up the Iran nuclear deal. Trump, however, has moderated his stance, saying the deal must be renegotiated.

The new US president also stepped up Washington’s hostile approach toward Tehran since the Islamic Republic test-fired a missile last month.

His administration claims that the launch violated the JCPOA and a UN resolution which endorsed the deal. Iran, however, rejected the claim, saying its projectile violated neither the accord nor the resolution, because the Islamic Republic’s missiles are not designed to deliver nuclear warheads.

Iran and the US have not had friendly ties since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

The government of former US president Barack Obama was among the signatories to the JCPOA. This was considered a glimmer of hope that the US wanted to make a U-turn on its decades-long policy against Tehran. However, Trump’s anti-Iran remarks have added insult to injury.

In Iran, there are two approaches with regard to establishing ties with the US.

On the one hand, one group calls for easing tensions with Washington. On the other hand, another group believes an aggressive approach can preserve national interests.

A similar atmosphere has overshadowed US foreign policy. Moderates who were apparently interested in patching up ties with Iran have been replaced with hardliners.

The prospect of Tehran-Washington ties depends on the policies adopted by the White House.

Washington accuses Iran of fueling tensions in the Middle East.

The US and its regional allies are opposed to Iran’s anti-terror battle in Iraq and Syria.

The Iraqi and Syrian governments have time and again thanked Iran for its role in the fight against terrorist groups such as Daesh. However, the US brands Iran’s anti-terror efforts as interference in regional affairs.

The US is also infuriated with Iran’s policy against the occupation of Palestinian lands by Israel.

These are among contentious issues between the two nations.

Iran’s foreign policy apparatus has thus far taken a prudent and wise approach vis-à-vis the White House’s smear campaign.

It remains to be seen whether Trump will press ahead with his anti-Iran stance, or he will come to his senses and adopt a more logical tone.  


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