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Nov 19, 2020 President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are underneath hearth for suggesting that Iran might proceed talks with the United States after President-elect Joe Biden takes workplace. In a video lately launched by Iranian media, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force Esmail Ghaani criticizes the thought of talking with the United States. Ghaani, who took over the Quds Force after the United States assassinated the earlier commander, Qasem Soleimani, stated that Iran is underneath a brand new period within the area and can be on the defensive.  In reference to the nuclear deal, which the United States exited in 2018 after signing it in 2015, Ghaani stated, “Ignorance is part of their nature and cowardice of their existence; every day you witness how the heads of states sign a paper and in utter rudeness and shamelessness before the world, they undermine their own signature. They have no ability to negotiate.” It’s unclear when Ghaani made these remarks, however that conservative Iranian media printed them right this moment means that conservatives in Iran, regardless that they could need a reentry of the United States into the nuclear deal and the elimination of sanctions, don’t need direct Iran-US talks comparable to people who occurred underneath the Obama administration.  Amir Abdollahian, adviser to the parliament speaker and former deputy overseas minister of Arab affairs, additionally mentioned the potential for Iran-US talks, saying that eradicating sanctions can be a precedence and Iran may be trusted to maintain its phrase. However, he added that each Donald Trump and Biden can be completely different in how they approach Iran, and neither is a “friend to the Islamic Republic and are not the key” to fixing all the nation’s issues. Zarif had lately stated in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency that the US reentry into the nuclear deal, generally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), wouldn’t be difficult. He stated that if the United States reenters its obligations underneath UN Res. 2231, then Iran would reenter its obligations underneath the JCPOA. The United States exited the nuclear deal in May 2018 and reapplied US sanctions on Iran, limiting Iran’s potential to promote its oil and inflicting quite a lot of injury to the nation’s financial system. Zarif additionally stated that if the United States needs to rejoin the JCPOA, then Iran is able to “negotiate terms” for US “participant status.”   Zarif’s interview was carried out with the Islamic Republic News Agency, which operates underneath the administration. The interview, which was additionally translated into English, clearly was carried out to have a world viewers. Rouhani was additionally fast to sign that Iran can be open to an enchancment in relations, even when not talks, in the meanwhile. “The topic is not negotiations with America; it’s another topic,” Rouhani stated. “The new administration can return to [following] rules.” He stated that underneath such a scenario, “We can slowly move from a direction of threats to a direction of opportunity.” The Rouhani administration solely has 5 months to normalize worldwide points earlier than one other Iranian administration takes workplace. Rouhani shall be eager to at the very least see that the JCPOA in first rate form earlier than leaving. Conservatives, whereas wanting the elimination of sanctions, shall be keen to color Rouhani’s eight years in workplace as a loss. Vatan-e Emrooz, the conservative paper, tried to sum up the Rouhani administration with their entrance web page of Rouhani and Zarif hugging with the massive headline, “Loser.”

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