The US-Iran relations can be traced back to the failed narrative of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal. Since, the government decided to withdrew itself from the deal a year ago, this brought drastic changes in the US-Iran relations. Furthermore, the US sanctions on Iran amid the nuclear crisis acted as a catalyst in severely affecting the relations between both the nations.
Considering the past incidents, neither the US nor Iran could be held solely responsible for the growing tensions. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s wavering comments over government’s policies have often given rise to new controversies.
In order to resolve the nuclear crisis, Iranian President Rouhani on Tuesday expressed his desire to consider small changes in the 2015 nuclear deal only if the US uplifts the imposed sanctions on his country. But the question is whether the “small changes, additions or amendments” that Rouhani wants to follow through are worthy of removing the sanctions?
As known the sanctions have poorly affected Iran’s business links with other countries, leading to economic downfall. A week ago, it was reported that the government has decided to impose new sanctions on Iran’s central bank, a move which had been criticized by the Iranian leaders.
The new sanctions were a result of Iran’s involvement in the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which the former has denied. The Iranian president called the move to be “America’s complete desperation” on Monday. A day before, Rouhani even warned the presence of foreign troops in the Persian Gulf region, calling it a huge threat to the world’s energy security.
While confronting the Iranian president’s nuclear deal perspective in the UN General Assembly, President Trump on Tuesday said, “As long as Iran’s menacing behavior continues sanctions will not be lifted, they will be tightened.”
On the other hand, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif seems to have different views about the nuclear deal, which clearly reflects the Iranian leaders’ indecisiveness on their part. Zarif said that Iran would not change the nuclear agreement. “No changes to the JCPOA.”
Taking into consideration the ongoing US-Iran conflicts, French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that the Iranian president utilize the in hand opportunity and meet Trump, while both of them are present in the country.
In a three-way chat with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Macron said that if the Iranian president “leaves the country without meeting with President Trump, honestly this is a lost opportunity because he will not come back in a few months.”
Though the French President has been making possible efforts to ease off the worsening relations between both the nations, the critics believe that it would not really make that big of a difference, following the decades of war-like situations.
Restoring mutual trust that has been missing from a long time, is something that both the government’s need to work on before conducting any further meetings. Only then will the US-Iran issue be completely resolved.