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Goals of Iran’s Warmongering in the Middle East

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“I bet if Biden warns he is pulling out of Iran deal negotiations if Hamas doesn’t stop the air strikes, the war would suddenly come to an end.”

This meaningful sentence was expressed by Nikki Haley, the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, about the recent 11-day Gaza war in which Iran was the first and the main beneficiary and had started this escalation to overshadow its two crises, its presidential election and the international nuclear deal known formally by the acronym JCPOA.

Iran’s regime is known to use blackmailing, terrorizing, and starting proxy wars to reach its goals. Now the regime’s state-run daily Shargh is implying this, quoting Kayhan Barzegar, an expert of International Relations, speaking about the JCPOA and its relationship with regional affairs, which does not need any accurate explanations and by itself is eloquent enough, and the only remark by reading this text is just changing the name of Iran the country with Iran’s regime, because the country’s people do not have stand to gain anything in this at all.

“One of the main roots of pessimism, beyond the technical issues of how to lift sanctions all at once, goes back to the West’s repeated demand that Iran accept that the nuclear talks include a wider range of regional issues and the limitation of Iran’s missile program.

“But the West must understand that the successful revival of the JCPOA will itself lead to regional negotiations, because when the sense of strategic threat to Iran from the United States and the West is partially resolved by the revival of JCPOA, our country ‘naturally’ enters meaningful regional talks to resolve the current crisis.

“This is because it has the upper hand in the fields in the region and is not worried about losing, and at the same time is aware that regional stability is necessary for the country’s economic growth and strengthening neighborly relations as a major principle of the country’s foreign policy.

“The conclusion of the JCPOA goes beyond the lifting of economic sanctions, but also a testing ground for Iran to build trust and further dialogue with the West to resolve current geopolitical problems, including stabilizing Iran’s position and role in the post-Arab Spring vacuum and resolving the current crisis in Syria. Iraq, Yemen, etc. were within the framework of the country’s interests.

“This point has been emphasized several times by the officials of our country on various occasions because our country itself suffers the most from instability and the presence of foreigners in the region.

“Iran also increased its bargaining power and deterrence to achieve its larger goal of maintaining the country’s survival by reducing its nuclear commitments in several stages. Of course, unlike regional talks, which have the necessary capacity to enter a win-win equation, the issue of limiting Iran’s missile program is more of a win-lose equation and to the detriment of our country.

“The West’s insistence on the issue of missile restraint has always been useless and the only disruption to the negotiation process. Indeed, the successful revival of the JCPOA is a ‘precondition’ for lasting regional stability.

“The successful revival of the JCPOA and Iran’s relative withdrawal from the strategic distrust of the West and the United States is an important step toward Iran’s constructive and meaningful entry into resolving regional disputes.

“Iran’s geopolitical superiority in West Asia allows the country to use its field role and diplomatic influence to achieve the larger goal of regional stability, which is undoubtedly in the national interest of the country. But what is needed is for the West to get out of the misconception of connecting the JCPOA triangle, regional issues and missiles, which in turn could deepen the existing process of mutual distrust and even lead to the instability of possible future nuclear agreements.” (State-run daily Shargh, May 30, 2021)

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