The Strategic Impact of U.S.-Iranian Rapprochement, for the Middle East and for Israel: Hillary Mann Leverett on CCTV’s The Heat

Hillary appeared on CCTV’s The Heat to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress and the trajectory of U.S.-Iranian relations, see here (Hillary’s segment runs for the first 9:25 of the program).  In keeping with her recent CNN Op-Ed, see here, Hillary emphasized that a deal between the P5+1 represents not just a prospective resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue, but, even more importantly, a potentially fundamental transformation of Middle Eastern regional dynamics:

“[President Obama] has gone down this road of negotiations—real, serious, intense negotiations—with Iran, in some ways taking a page from my book, [Going to Tehran]:  that the only way you can really deal with a rising Iran is to have constructive relations with it.  President Obama is seriously engaged in that prospect, to have a constructive relationship with Iran.  He can’t just have it by coming to a good agreement with Iran.  He’s going to have to break crockery and actually tell the Israelis that it’s just a good [U.S.] relationship with Iran.  It’s going to be a different sort of [U.S.] relationship with Israel.  That, potentially is revolutionary for the United States, and could be enormously productive…

There is a real difference between Israel and, potentially a United States that is looking not to have dominance in the Middle East, but to realign its policies; there is a huge difference between Israeli policies and that kind of American policy.  That kind of American policy would look at—instead of invading and occupying country after country, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya to Syria—instead of those kinds of military adventures, a new American policy would pull us back (not completely withdraw, but pull us back) into more of a balance of power approach in which we have constructive relations with all of the important players, including IranThat is fundamentally at odds with Israeli policies, because a good [U.S.] relationship with Iran would constrain Israel.

So, in the words of former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, the problem with Iran is not that they would bomb Israel.  The problem with Iran is that they would make the Israelis think twice the next time [Israel] wanted to invade Lebanon or bomb Gaza.  That’s good for the United States; to constrain the Israelis that way where they would have to think twice is good for us—but it certainly puts us at loggerheads with Israel, and that’s not just a Netanyahu problem.”

The program also includes an interview with our colleague Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Dean of the Faculty of World Studies at the University of Tehran, starting 19:40 into the video.  As always, we encourage readers to post comments, Facebook likes, etc., both on this site and on CCTV’s Web site.

Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett 

 

59 Responses to “The Strategic Impact of U.S.-Iranian Rapprochement, for the Middle East and for Israel: Hillary Mann Leverett on CCTV’s The Heat”

  1. M.Ali says:

    Kooshy, this says it all, ” If it wasn’t for that adaptability of the Iranians, Iran would not have survived both culturally and politically for 3 millenniums”

    If a nation of people have survived for so long then maybe they have been doing something right…

  2. M.Ali says:

    Leveretts, ” That is fundamentally at odds with Israeli policies, because a good [U.S.] relationship with Iran would constrain Israel.”

    But how useful is this for US? Is constraining an ally beneficial?

  3. kooshy says:

    Jay says:
    March 8, 2015 at 9:02 pm

    Perfectly put and I fully agree with your comment, there is nothing wrong and is welcomed, to have a “constructive criticism” on all matters related to Iran, but continually nagging to demonize Iran her heritage her culture her people is not constructive specially if it’s for self-serving economic and political reasons, it will be refuted with all force at any cost and level. Iranians have a great word for this bunch of no good, never satisfied expatriates, whom I have encountered here for many years that word is “pofuse”.

  4. M. Ali says:

    I don’t know how true this news is or not, because I didn’t see it any other news site,

    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-09/republicans-warn-iran-and-obama-that-deal-won-t-last

    “A group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama’s administration won’t last after Obama leaves office.”

    The full text of the letter is also there.

  5. fyi says:

    All:

    “Pofuse” = from French: peu fuse – little fuse – easy to anger.

    Which very well describes many Muslims and Iranian commentators on this site who, when they run out of rational arguments, resort to name-calling, ad hominem attacks, and foul language.

    And these very same individuals claim to wish to contribute to the creation of a renewed Muslim civilization and culture.

    They ought to start from themselves…

    For if they cannot reform themselves, they cannot reform anything else….

  6. kooshy says:

    Another Netanyahoo Flip-Flop The U.S. Will Ignore

    The Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahoo has to address two different audiences. A foreign one that sponsors and protects his racist colony of east-Europeans in west-Asia and the colonists themselves who votes for him. Doing so requires some rather twisted rhetoric and leads to intellectual dissonances.

    To attract voters Netanyahoo must insist that no occupied land will ever be given back to its rightful owners. To receive continued U.S. support he has to promise that the stolen land will be given back. Those positions are hard to unify but Netanyahoo insist on both at the very same time.

    http://www.moonofalabama.org/

  7. kooshy says:

    پفیوز پفیوز. [ پ ُ ] (ص ) در تداول عوام ، سست و ضعیف و بیکاره . پَه پَه . پخمه . چلمن .
    پفیوز پُفیوز. بی غیرت، بی صفت. (منبع: فرهنگ فارسی معین) همچنین رجوع شود به پفیوز.

    پفیوز (پُ) (ص .) (عا.) بی غیرت ، بی صفت .
    پفیوز

    فرهنگ فارسی معین

    (پُ) (ص .) (عا.) بی غیرت ، بی صفت .

    پفیوز . … pouffiasse
    به فرانسه یعنی
    “خودفروش، خودفروخته، تن فروش
    Ta gueule, pouffiasse – Hey, shut up, bitch !

    Hey Zio Bitch, your french is as good as Iranian history

  8. fyi says:

    All:

    آن کس که بدم گفت، بدی سیرت اوست

    وان کس که مرا گفت نکو خود نیکوست

    حال متکلم از کلامش پیداست

    از کوزه همان برون تراود که در اوست

  9. Jay says:

    M. Ali says:
    March 9, 2015 at 3:33 am

    The state of US politics is such! GOP senators are not the sharpest tools in the shed.

    As if the world needed a reminder as to why it can’t trust any deal with the US, these very bright senators have put it in black in white, explaining why Iran, or any other country for that matter, can’t trust America!

  10. Jay says:

    kooshy says:
    March 8, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks. I do not wish to impugn anyone’s motives. Criticism has an important role, but criticism itself must also submit to critical thinking – particularly, when it is backed by empirical evidence.

  11. M. Ali says:

    FYI, with all due respect, you & your friend’s constant belittling of the efforts, culture, endeavors, and intelligence of 80 million Iranians PLUS their ancestors PLUS every other Muslims PLUS THEIR ancestors, is not exactly gentlemanly.

    So, if we compare insults, a poster insulting one person vs another poster insulting HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS spread over space AND time, any reasonable person would know which was worse.

    It’s like an arm chair critic insulting all black people,claiming they are genetically inferior, find faults with their culture & religion, claim they can never be like whites, call them lazy, physically & intellectually, find issues with the way they raise their children, and so on, and then suddenly act high and mighty when someone calls him a moron. “A moron! Oh my god! How dare…how dare they talk to me like that! Given that I never called ANYONE a moron!!”

    But that’s, of course, why it’s so difficult to talk to you. Because you & your buddy don’t, for a second, even seem to understand how utterly generalized, baseless, offensive, and insulting your arguments are. It’s a text book definition of a racist. And exactly those racists that think that JUST because they don’t use the word “nigger”, it’s perfectly okay to reduce a full race of people to some of the simplistic conclusions based on nothing more than empty air.

    Of course, there is nothing unique in this. There are many people like you. Which is a shame and why it is so hard to converse with such people.

    “Forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

    “And be patient over what they say and avoid them with gracious avoidance.”

  12. M. Ali says:

    Jay says:
    March 9, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I guess the best conclusion to this is that Iran does agree to some sort of framework, and then have US congress not allow it to pass, making Iran look better in the short term (and I only mean the short term, because in a few months, the media would have completely forgotten, like they have forgotten the way Obama went back on his word when Brazil & Turkey got a deal)

  13. Rehmat says:

    After boycotting Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest anti-Iran rant at the United States Knesset, the US secretary of state paid a friendly visit to Riyadh to urge the Saudi ‘royals’ and the Gulf Sheikhs not to take Netanyahu’s whining against a possible US-Iran nuclear deal seriously.

    John Kerry met Prince Saud al-Faisal, Kingdom’s foreign minister for the last 40 years before meeting Suadi King Salman. Saud al-Faisal told Kerry that Riyadh doesn’t have problem with Iran’s nuclear program as long as it’s carried out under strict IAEA watch. However, he did mention his concern about Iran’s growing influence in the region particularly in Saudi Arabia’s neighboring Iraq. He warned Kerry that Iran is taking over Iraq through its aid in the fight against ISIS.

    http://rehmat1.com/2015/03/09/saudi-fm-iran-is-taking-over-iraq/

  14. Smith says:

    fyi says:
    March 9, 2015 at 9:53 am

    That is truly sad. But it is how things are in reality. We are actually safe behind the veil of a Western technology (internet) and away from potential physical harm that would otherwise be inflicted on us, if we were to have been in such societies and express the reality face to face.

    As you can see the cult doctor and the other muleteers have been improving their vocabulary and this way think the mis-application of more words would substitute for their lack of rationality. But alas, people who can not understand the difference between literal and figurative context of words, should not be expected to know rationality. These figurative muleteers can not comprehend that their lives are inconsequential to the world, except for their CO2 and crap production.Thinking is not their strong point.

    There was this literal muleteer in Germany, by the name of Georg Lankensperger. He was a thinking person in addition to his job of muleteering. Due to his job, he discovered, a serious engineering problem with turning wheels of parallel wheeled systems of transport. You see, when negotiating a turn, a parallel wheel arrangement causes the wheels closer to turn center, to be running on a circle with a smaller radius than the wheels away from the turn. The wheels that are arranged perfectly parallel during the straight travel, upon turn put a lot of stress on wheels and steering system since the angle of turn of both wheels is the same, but the radius traced being different.

    So in 1817, the German muleteer Georg Lankensperger, INVENTED a very ingenious way of steering mechanism nowadays called Ackermann Steering Geometry. All the cars, trucks and buses today use a variation of this invention. Auto-Mechanical engineering students study it as a foundation part of their courses. Iranian cars use it as well. Without it, the modern car and transportation is not possible.

    What we are dealing with here, are the followers of Ghazali. The unthinking bio-word-processors. Often of filthy and foul nature variety. In another part of the world, in other circumstances and other situations, me and you would have been decapitated by these people. As is happening in Muslim world already. These hypocrites use, all Western amenities, discoveries and inventions that are because of Western thinking but still refuse to think.

    Their conscious neurological preoccupation is with jealousy, peeking into someone else’s “heart” to discover “intentions”, conspiracy theories, unscientific cargo cult rituals and other such nonsense. Far from any civilizational worth, they are merely an appendage to biosphere we are living in. More specifically attached closer to the apes. Upright walking apes with poufuse tendencies.

  15. Smith says:

    Official News Agency of United States announces: US Republican Senators Warn Iran on Limits of Possible Nuclear Deal

    http://www.voanews.com/content/us-republican-senators-warn-iran-about-limited-time-frame-of-possible-nuclear-deal/2673098.html

    So much so for the false hope of cargo cult muleteers on the matter of time travel to pre-2006 era and their cargo business.

  16. masoud says:

    Smith and FYI,

    Where do you two post your thoughts during the long periods of time the forums here are shut down? Why not simply return there on a full time basis?

    Your efforts here a not appreciated by anyone,and your spamming is getting to be as bad as PAK or Samman or Scott Lucas’ used to be. Speaking of SL, i think he’s still got his blog up in one fashion or another. Why not move ovuer? Most of his followers share your outlook in broad terms. I’m sure you can have much more constructive discussions with their like.

  17. fyi says:

    masoud says:

    March 9, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    The world is a very hard and cold place Mr. Masoud and I have endeavored to disabuse you and others on this forum from your quaint notions.

    In other words, many of you have your heads full of mush and have very serious gaps in your grasp of reality.

    Now, having said that, I would like to point out that none of you have to read my statements.

    As the Americans say: “If you cannot stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

  18. kooshy says:

    وزیر امور خارجه کشورمان در پاسخ به سوالی در خصوص نامه اخیر 47 سناتور آمریکایی گفت به اعتقاد ما این نامه هیچ ارزش حقوقی ندارد و صرفاً یک ترفند تبلیغاتی است. جالب تر اینکه در حالی که مذاکرات هنوز به نتیجه نرسیده و توافقی حاصل نشده، گروه های فشار در آمریکا آن چنان نگران شده اند که با توسل به شیوه های غیرمتعارف بیش از هر چیز نشان می دهند که همانند نتانیاهو با هر نوع توافقی مخالفند.
    ظریف با اظهار تعجب از این که چگونه ممکن است برخی نمایندگان مجلس یک کشور علیه رئیس جمهور و دولت خود به رهبران کشور دیگری نامه بنویسند، اظهار داشت که نامه سناتورهای مزبور نشان می دهد که آنها نه تنها با مقررات حقوق بین الملل بیگانه اند، بلکه حتی به طور کامل با ریزه کاری های قانون اساسی خود در مورد اختیارات رییس جمهور آمریکا در اجرای سیاست خارجی نیز آشنا نیستند.
    وی افزود این سناتورها باید بدانند که دنیا معادل آمریکا نیست و روابط بین الملل بر اساس موازین حقوق بین الملل و تعهدات و تکالیف بین المللی دولت ها تنظیم می گردد، نه بر اساس قوانین داخلی ایالات متحده. ممکن است سناتورهای امضاکننده نامه فوق الذکر به صورت کامل آگاه نباشند که در حقوق بین الملل، دولت ها نماینده کل حاکمیت و مسئول روابط خارجی کشور خود و ملزم به اجرای تعهداتی هستند که در روابط با دیگر دولت ها می پذیرند و نمی توانند به بهانه مقررات داخلی از اجرای تعهدات بین المللی خود سرباز زنند.
    وزیر امور خارجه در ادامه گفت تغییر دولت در هیچ کشوری به معنای منتفی شدن تعهدات بین المللی آن کشور نیست و لذا هر دولتی در آمریکا ملزم به اجرای تعهداتی است که دولت فعلی آن کشور در یک توافق احتمالی هسته ای پذیرا می گردد و اگر رییس جمهور بعدی به تعبیر سناتورهای مزبور با یک گردش قلم تعهدات بین المللی ایالات متحده را منتفی نماید، مرتکب نقض آشکار حقوق بین الملل شده است. به ویژه آن که این تعهدات در قالب یک قطعنامه لازم الاجرای شورای امنیت و حاصل مذاکره و توافق با حضور پنج کشور دیگر از جمله تمامی اعضای دائم شورای امنیت باشد. خوبست این سناتورها بدانند که بر اساس حقوق بین الملل کنگره نیز در آینده نمی تواند مفاد توافق را تغییر دهد و بدیهی است که هر اقدام کنگره در جلوگیری از اجرای توافق احتمالی دولت آمریکا به مثابه نقض تعهدات بین المللی آن دولت خواهد بود.
    ظریف به سناتورهای امضاکننده نامه یادآور شد که بیشترین توافقات بین المللی ایالات متحده در دهه های اخیر از نوع توافقات اجرایی ونه معاهدات تصویب شده توسط سنا بوده و نامه این سناتورها به معنی بی اعتماد کردن دنیا به اعتبار هزاران توافق اجرایی گذشته، حال و آینده ایالات متحده است.
    ظریف در پایان تأکید کرد جمهوری اسلامی ایران با حسن نیت و اراده کامل سیاسی وارد این مذاکرات شده است و ضروری است که طرف های مقابل نیز حسن نیت و اراده سیاسی خود را برای رسیدن به توافق و اجرای آن به اثبات برسانند

  19. Jay says:

    M. Ali says:
    March 9, 2015 at 10:56 am

    While I agree that this is degenerate US politics, which, by the way, is not new to the US, I doubt any party would benefit. It is the dumb and dumber strategy!

    Opining with regards to your question for FYI about insults..

    If the world was fully consistent, then FYI would have disavowed the irresponsible and reprehensible language irrespective of the source – but, he states that the world is a “very hard and cold place”. He is entitled to accept that language and we are entitled to criticize the double standard. I suppose one can ignore the foul language and see if there is any value to the content – it can happen.

  20. fyi says:

    Jay says:

    March 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    لقمان را گفتند ادب از که آموختی، گفت از بی ادبان. هر آنچه از ایشان در نظرم ناپسند آمد، از فعل آن پرهیز کردم.

  21. Kooshy says:

    Isn’t interesting that near half of, and almost all members of the majority party of a branch of US government in tasked to oversee foreign relations, write a letter to leaders of the country that their own executive branch is negotiating with, and tell them that remember the deal our government is negotiating with you is not worth the paper is written on? In other view the geopolitical power Iran has can do the same thing US tried and try’s to do to Iran which is kill the internal unity ” vahdat”. I am proud of you Iranians. Payandeh Iran

    Now, Israeli Zionist and their Iranian pofuses only hope is to be saved and protected by this bunch. As RSH use to say, So much for that

  22. masoud says:

    fyi says:
    March 9, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    The issue is that it’s not your kitchen, and to everyone else in this space your cooking smells like shit. There is not a majority-minority over here. It’s the two of you annoying everyone else. At least take a page out of Rehmat’s book, and open up a personal blog. You can rant all you want on a blogger account, and then post links over whenever you come with something you believe to be particularly genius.

    But seriously what do you do when they shut down these forums, as the have done periodically as of late?

  23. masoud says:

    kooshy says:
    March 9, 2015 at 4:32 pmoffica

    On the bright side, that’s probably the most politely worded letter written by any US official to an Iranian official in the past thirty six years.

  24. Amir says:

    The odd thing, for me, is that FYI and Smith are talking about two fundamentally different Wests; one is talking about the intellectual aspect of it, hence he is mainly writing about what could be classified under “humanities”. The other one is fascinated by military might of the geographic West; he loves Germany because of its technological advances (I would have said he really admires them because of their conquest but I could only guess). In this sense one admires Renaissance Italy and the other one despises Italy, Spain and Portugal; sure, they are better than us cargo-cult muleteers, but I’m making another point:

    FYI is more similar to most of you guys, because he’s used to intellectualize and rationalize and Smith would have attacked him, if that wouldn’t have jeopardized his purpose (bashing Iranians, because he’s trying to talk sense into them, or shame them into change, on which he has almost completely given).

    Smith on the other hand has much much more in common with for example Resistance Front, but as Darwin put it, when two species have the same means to exploit the resources, their competition would most intense.

    For Mr FYI, I really don’t have anything to say; But for Mr Smith, I have two pieces of advice:
    1) If you are trying to make others entrenched in their beliefs, insult them; if you want to change their minds, you have show some (even token) flexibility.
    2) I am convinced Islam is the only path to salvation. I honestly don’t know you and I had to form a picture of you in my mind; I encourage all to read Quran cover-to-cover.

  25. MassoudH says:

    First it was the crazy bomb cartoonist PM of Israel who inadvertently pushed Obama to make a deal with Iran with his lunacy, and now it’s a bunch of US Senators. The Republicans are being described as ‘traitors’ all over the internet by Americans today.

    Obama is now almost obliged to sign a deal with Iran just as a matter of honour for himself and his office.

    With or without future US commitment to any agreement beyond Obama’s term, the rest of the world will of course ignore the US if it tries to renege on the deal. As such, the sanctions are effectively already dead!

    President Rohani’s team must be having a good laugh right now!

  26. MassoudH says:

    “Tomorrow’s NY Daily News Cover Calls GOP Sens ‘Traitors’ over Iran Letter”

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/tomorrows-ny-daily-news-cover-calls-gop-sens-traitors-over-iran-letter/

  27. MassoudH says:

    “Joe Biden Goes Ballistic On Senate Republicans: Iran Letter Beneath ‘Dignity Of An Institution I Revere’

    “In thirty-six years in the United States Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which Senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the President does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them. This letter sends a highly misleading signal to friend and foe alike that that our Commander-in-Chief cannot deliver on America’s commitments — a message that is as false as it is dangerous,” Biden said in a statement released by the White House.

    “The decision to undercut our President and circumvent our constitutional system offends me as a matter of principle. As a matter of policy, the letter and its authors have also offered no viable alternative to the diplomatic resolution with Iran that their letter seeks to undermine,” he added.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/09/joe-biden-iran-letter-republicans_n_6836146.html

  28. kooshy says:

    MassoudH says:
    March 9, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    To sum up your post one can conclude any or all of the fallowing possibilities.
    1- US politicians are so entrenched in their party politics that national interest no longer is an essence of foreign policy making, regardless of constitutional checks and balances.
    2- US politicians are so degenerate that they no longer can comprehend, understand or conduct policy making.
    3- US politician are so in need of financing their next campaign that they willfully submit to demands and requirements of however who can pay for their reelection regardless if this will serve their constituencies .

  29. MassoudH says:

    Kooshy,

    All of the above! I’m just bewildered by this madness. USA is pretty much becoming an ungovernable, failed state.

    My impression of US politicians is that they are rather illiterate. A cowboy mentality appears to rule over their conduct, domestically and in the international arena.

    I hope we will come through this awful phase in international relations with some consensus among nations on the need for multilateralism and diplomacy.

  30. MassoudH says:

    WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
    File charges against the 47 U.S. Senators in violation of The Logan Act in attempting to undermine a nuclear agreement.

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/file-charges-against-47-us-senators-violation-logan-act-attempting-undermine-nuclear-agreement/NKQnpJS9

  31. M. Ali says:

    So it seems even Rand Paul, Ron Paul’s son, signed the letter. I guess the son isn’t going to be following his father’s footsteps.

  32. kooshy says:

    http://isna.ir/fa/news/93121911293/محمدنیا-تأسیسات-فردو-با-تغییر-کاربری-باقی

    تشریح آخرین تحولات مذاکرات هسته‌ای از زبان یک عضو تیم مذاکره

    محمدنیا: تأسیسات فردو با تغییر کاربری باقی می‌ماند

    » سرویس: سياسي – انرژي هسته‎‌اي

    کد خبر: 93121911293

    سه‌شنبه ۱۹ اسفند ۱۳۹۳ – ۱۲:۴۴

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    یک عضو تیم مذاکره‌کننده هسته‌ای گفت: موضع قوی و قاطع ما در توافق جامع خاتمه یافتن تحریم‌های شورای امنیت و خارج شدن موضوع هسته‌ای ایران از ذیل فصل 7 منشور سازمان ملل و برگشتن همه چیز به شرایط عادی است.

    به گزارش خبرنگار انرژی هسته‌ای خبرگزاری دانشجویان ایران (ایسنا)، داوود محمدنیا، عضو تیم مذاکره کننده هسته‌ای کشورمان در سخنانی در همایش “جایگاه فناوری هسته‌ای در توسعه علمی و اقتصادی حوزه‌های کشاورزی و منابع طبیعی”، گفت: هدف ما در پایان مذاکرات عادی‌سازی موضوع هسته‌ای و رفع تمام فشارهای ظالمانه و باز نگه داشتن مسیر تحقیق و توسعه و استفاده ملت از حقوق مسلم خود در برخورداری از انرژی صلح‌آمیز هسته‌ای است.

    امیدوارم با رفع محدودیت‌ها فرصت‌های علمی موجود را با قدرت و اقتدار طی کنیم

    وی گفت: امیدوارم توافق جامع هسته‌ای در زمانی که دور از دسترس نباید باشد اتفاق بیفتد و ما بتوانیم با رفع محدودیت‌ها فرصت‌های علمی موجود را با قدرت و اقتدار طی کنیم.

    وی با طرح این پرسش که چرا فعالیت‌های هسته‌ای ایران که در زمان رژیم پهلوی مورد پذیرش قدرت‌های وقت بود امروز در جمهوری اسلامی ایران مورد پذیرش نیست، گفت: در زمان رژیم پهلوی 5 کیلوگرم اورانیوم 93 درصد در اختیار ایران قرار داشت. اما فعالیت‌های صلح‌آمیز ما در چارچوب انقلاب اسلامی به یک بحران بین‌المللی تحت فصل 7 منشور سازمان ملل و ناقض صلح و امنیت بین‌الملل مطرح شد. ریشه این رویکرد قدرت‌های بزرگ با فعالیت‌های هسته‌ای ایران به رسالت انقلاب اسلامی و ایدئولوژی آن بازمی‌گردد.

    کسانی که موضوع خروج از NPT را مطرح می‌کنند مطمئناً آگاهی کافی ندارند

    محمدنیا با تأکید بر صلح‌آمیز بودن فعالیت‌های هسته‌ای ایران، گفت: ایران هیچ وقت از معاهدات بین‌المللی و نیز NPT خارج نشده و نخواهد شد و کسانی که موضوع خروج از NPT را مطرح می‌کنند مطمئناً آگاهی کافی ندارند. کسی که از NPT خارج می‌شود می‌خواهد به دنبال بمب برود در حالی که ایران سردمدار استفاده صلح‌آمیز از انرژی هسته‌ای است. با وجود این‌که ایران با محدودیت‌ها و تهدیدهای مختلف در این عرصه مواجه بوده اما در طول زمان به تعهداتش پایبند بوده است.

    پایان مذاکرات هسته‌ای در خوشبینانه‌ترین شکل خود هم به معنای پایان مناقشه ایران و غرب نخواهد بود

    وی گفت: آمریکا و نظام سلطه ایدئولوژی و رسالت انقلاب اسلامی را تحمل نکرده و نخواهند کرد و قطعاً مذاکرات هسته‌ای در خوشبینانه‌ترین شکل خود هم که به پایان برسد به معنای پایان مناقشه ایران و غرب نخواهد بود.

    تهدیدانگاری درباره جمهوری اسلامی ایران از ابتدا در دستور کار آمریکا بوده است

    این عضو تیم مذاکره کننده هسته‌ای که از مذاکرات مسقط که در دولت قبل انجام شد در مذاکرات حضور دارد، اظهار کرد: آمریکایی‌ها یک سنت دیرینه دارند که هر وقت با یک پدیده مواجه می‌شوند که می‌خواهند آن را در انزوا و محدودیت قرار دهند و یا با آن برخورد کنند، آن را به تهدید جهانی تبدیل می‌کنند و دشمن خود را دشمن بین‌المللی معرفی می‌کنند و جبهه‌های متعددی در برابر آن پدیده باز می‌کنند. تهدیدانگاری درباره جمهوری اسلامی ایران از ابتدا در دستور کار آمریکا بوده است و مصداق آن ارجاع پرونده هسته‌ای ایران به شورای امنیت بوده است. آنها تلاش کردند ایران را تحت ماده 41 و 42 فصل 7 منشور سازمان ملل ببرند. البته آنها هیچ وقت نمی‌توانند ماده 42 (استفاده از زور علیه یک کشور) فصل 7 را درباره ایران محقق سازند چرا که جرأت این کار را ندارند.

    وی ادامه داد: آمریکایی‌ها پیش از این دو بار تلاش کردند که موضوع را در شورای امنیت مطرح کنند. یک بار در قضیه تصرف سفارت آمریکا در ایران در سال 58 و یک بار پیش از پذیرش قطعنامه 598. آنها از تابستان سال 82 شروع به برخوردهای سیاسی و بهانه‌جویی‌های امنیتی در پرونده هسته‌ای ایران کردند. برخی در کشور تصور می‌کردند که با ارائه بحث‌های فنی موضوع حل می‌شود. اما در هر حال مسأله به یک مشکل سیاسی و امنیتی تبدیل شد و در نهایت پرونده با رأی شورای حکام به شورای امنیت ارجاع شد.

    ارجاع ایران به شورای امنیت پایان دنیا و به نوعی رو به قبله شدن ما نبود

    وی گفت: رژیم صهیونیستی به همراه منافقین تمام توان دستگاه‌های امنیتی و اطلاعاتی‌شان را به کار گرفتند تا مسأله هسته‌ای ایران را به یک بحران تبدیل کنند و دلایل فنی مورد ادعای آنها پنهان‌کاری ایران در موضوع غنی‌سازی و آب سنگین بود. اما با همه این تحولات ارجاع ایران به شورای امنیت پایان دنیا و به نوعی رو به قبله شدن ما نبود.

    موضوع ایران از 31 جولای 2006 در شورای امنیت مطرح شد. اما اتفاقی که آنها به دنبالش بودند رخ نداد که این مسأله حاصل مقاومت ملت و رهنمودهای رهبری و حرکت‌های منسجم سیاسی و قوی است که در دولت‌های مختلف صورت گرفته است.

    محمدنیا گفت: با وجود قطعنامه‌های شورای امنیت که خواستار تعلیق کامل غنی‌سازی و تحقیق و توسعه در ایران شده است فعالیت‌های ایران ادامه یافت.

    اولویت نظام خروج از وضعیت کنونی است

    این عضو تیم مذاکره کننده هسته‌ای کشورمان، خاطرنشان کرد: اولویت نظام خروج از وضعیت کنونی است.

    با آمریکایی‌ها دو دور در مسقط در زمان احمدی نژاد و سه دور در زمان آقای روحانی گفت‌وگو کردیم

    وی با اشاره به طرح مذاکره با آمریکا در دولت قبل،‌ گفت: با آمریکایی‌ها دو دور در مسقط در زمان احمدی نژاد و سه دور در زمان آقای روحانی گفت‌وگو کردیم و از همان موقع (دولت قبل) طرح مذاکرات و اساس آن مبتنی بر حفظ دستاوردهای هسته‌ای، غیرامنیتی سازی موضوع هسته‌ای، رفع موانع توسعه‌ای و مهار بحران بود. ما از همان ابتدا به دنبال آن بودیم که سایه فصل 7 منشور سازمان ملل را از سر ایران برداریم و اگر این اتفاق نیفتد انگار هیچ دستاوردی در مذاکرات نداشته‌ایم. اگر در این نقطه به تفاهم برسیم و چارچوب کار به دست آید توافق حاصل شده است. چرا که فعالیت‌های

    اولویت اول ما خروج پرونده هسته‌ای از شورای امنیت و برگشتن به روال اولیه است

    حتماً دوره اجرای توافق بیش از 10 سال تحت هیچ شرایطی نخواهد بود

    محمدنیا در ادامه سخنانش گفت:‌ تحریم‌های اقتصادی(تحریم‌های یک‌جانبه آمریکا) حتماً در روز اول اجرای توافق جامع رفع خواهد شد. البته مشکلات اقتصادی ما در بخشی به خاطر تحریم‌ها و در بخش دیگر ناشی از مسائل دیگر است. تحریم‌های اقتصادی و برداشتن آنها در اولویت دوم ماست. اولویت اول ما خروج پرونده هسته‌ای از شورای امنیت و برگشتن به روال اولیه است و حتماً دوره اجرای توافق بیش از 10 سال تحت هیچ شرایطی نخواهد بود.

    در دوره 10 ساله محدودیت‌هایی را می‌پذیریم در ازای آنکه مزایایی را به دست می‌آوریم

    وی به حوزه راستی آزمایی و نظارت آژانس بر فعالیت‌های هسته‌ای ایران در دوره اجرای توافق احتمالی جامع اشاره کرد و افزود: راستی‌آزمایی بر اساس قوانین پادمانی است و در صورت تصویب مجلس بر اساس پروتکل الحاقی خواهد بود. البته ما در دوره 10 ساله محدودیت‌هایی را می‌پذیریم در ازای آنکه مزایایی را به دست می‌آوریم.

    وی با اشاره به حضور علی‌اکبر صالحی در مذاکرات، گفت: نقشه فنی خوبی با حضور آقای صالحی در مذاکرات ترسیم شده است و بر همین اساس با توافقی موافقت می‌کنیم که هیچ یک از حقوق و دستاوردها و مزایای هسته‌ای کشور در آن تضییع نمی‌شود.

    هیچ یک از مذاکرات برگزار نمی‌شود مگر آن‌که دو شب قبل از آن دستور کار با نظر مسئولین و نظر آقا تعیین شود

    محمدنیا با اشاره به فرمایش مقام معظم رهبری مبنی بر این‌که با توافق خوب موافقم، گفت: رسیدن به یک توافق خوب در دستور کار ما بوده است و هیچ یک از مذاکرات هسته‌ای برگزار نمی‌شود مگر آن‌که دو شب قبل از مذاکرات دستور کار با نظر مسئولین و نظر آقا تعیین شود.

    تأسیسات فردو با تغییر کاربری باقی می‌ماند

    رآکتور آب سنگین اراک بر اساس طرح ایران باقی خواهد ماند

    وی ادامه داد: یک توافق خوب توافقی است که مسیر توسعه هسته‌ای کشور را بدون هیچ مشکلی باز بگذارد و دستاوردهای فعلی ما هیچ کدام نابود نمی‌شود. از اولین روز مذاکرات در مسقط که بنده در آن حضور داشتم تا امروز موضع گروه 1+5 تعطیلی برنامه هسته‌ای ایران بوده است. اما امروز در سند جامع همه فعالیت‌های و تأسیسات هسته‌ای ایران وجود دارد و غنی‌سازی صنعتی نیز جز آن است. همچنین رآکتور آب سنگین اراک بر اساس طرح ایران باقی خواهد ماند و تأسیسات فردو که 80 متر زیر زمین است فعالیت می‌کند؛ البته بر اساس تغییر کاربری و مزایا و محدودیت‌های سازمان انرژی اتمی. همچنین رفع تمام تحریم‌های مالی، بانکی و اعتباری در سطح آمریکا و اروپا از روز اول اجرای توافق در دستور کار است.

    مشاور حقوقی وزیر امور خارجه، تأکید کرد: تحریم‌های شورای امنیت علیه ایران که منشأ هسته‌ای ندارد باید برداشته شود و این موضع قوی و قاطع ماست که این تحریم‌های خاتمه یابد و پرونده هسته‌ای ایران از شورای امنیت و فصل 7 مننشور خارج شده و به شرایط عادی بازگردد.

    خواستار مذاکراتی عزتمند برای کشور هستیم

    وی در پایان گفت: ما خواستار مذاکراتی عزتمند برای کشور هستیم. ترکیب تیم مذاکره کننده به گونه‌ای است که اعضای آن باتجربه و شناخت کافی هستند و دعا می‌کنیم سایه مقام معظم رهبری مستدام و حمایت ایشان از تیم هسته‌ای که همیشه بزرگترین پشتیبان ما بوده‌اند برقرار باشد و حل موضوع هسته‌ای به عنوان برگی از تاریخ ایران به سلامت و پیروزی رقم بخورد.

  33. M. Ali says:

    From Vox.com,

    “Republicans’ hope is that by forcing members of Congress to choose between Israel and Obama, Congress will side with Israel, and thus against Obama. But the risk is that some will side with Obama and against Israel — many Democrats signaled as much by refusing to attend the speech — and that support for Israel will thus become an increasingly partisan issue.

    As “pro-Israel” becomes increasingly coded as a Republican issue rather than a bipartisan one, it will likely help Republicans win certain races, but it will substantially erode the consensus on Israel and thus risk eroding US support for Israel. If you earnestly care about Israel, and about the US-Israel relationship, then this trend should alarm you.”

  34. kooshy says:

    Dr. Cordesman’s opinions which Zio just posted the link to ( his favorite Zio analyst with very poor record of predictions), basically comes up with the same end result that him and his Nut PM wishes to have, basically it assumes the any agreement with Iran (even if it’s not a treaty and a UNSC resolution) it will be an Arms control treaty (same as what our Zio wishes Iran to do, openly declare being a NWS) but this TT Zio Cordesman, it is outright telling his audience that this is an arms control treaty. No It’s not “A” or equal to an arms control treaty, it’s an agreement that Iran is giving to further her assurances that she doesn’t intend to divert her peaceful nuclear program. So base on this will be an AC Treaty/Acord this will not end but will accelerate the race for Nukes ( one must ask why when his favorite protectorate got the nuke no one raced for nukes or got then serious to use it, AMF they got attacked or retaliated more after they got nukes). And the usual don’t trust Iran they will cheat since they are ideological and having hegemonic ambitions etc. etc. etc. another Ziocentric view.

  35. Rehmat says:

    Dr. Cordesman’s opinion about anything related to Muslim world is like an un-flushed dirty toilet – fyI.

    In 2010, another Jewish strategist and former adviser to Barack Obama and anti-Iran “Middle East expert” at the Jewish think tank, the ‘Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)’, professor Anthony H. Cordesman, argued that the US strategic alliance with Israel was harming Washington’s interests in the Middle East.

    Who is kidding who????

    http://rehmat1.com/2014/01/16/jew-authors-us-should-distance-itself-from-israel/

  36. Rehmat says:

    On Sunday, West’s “moderate” Iranian leader and mentor of current “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani, Ayatullah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, former president of Iran, blamed the Zionist entity for creating ISIS, Boko Haram and other terrorist groups killing innocent people.

    “Deviating streams like the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Boko-Haram and the ISIL have been formed through the aid and support of certain countries, specially Quds Occupying regime,” Rafsanjani said.

    He said the Israeli regime could use the destruction of Muslim holy sites by ISIL as a justification for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

    http://rehmat1.com/2015/03/10/rafsanjani-isis-al-qaeda-and-boko-haram-created-by-israel/

  37. Kooshy says:

    Here is one genuine bricklayer which our resident Zios and their occupying Ashkenazi owners fear their pants to know closely. Hopefully soon he will start bricking them up inside their illegal cage.

    “Much of the information on Soleimani’s background is true; he hails from a humble background (at one point working as a bricklayer) and he joined the IRGC at its foundation in 1979.”

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/general-soleimani-storms-iranian-national-consciousness-927310364#.dpuf

  38. Fiorangela says:

    masoud says:
    March 9, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Sen. Cotton was purchased by the I Lobby to perform precisely the function he carried out.

    What interests me is that now that Boehner has served his purpose — giving Netanyahu a forum that looked for and to all the world like the pres. of USA delivering a State of the Union address — his party is seriously considering replacing him.

    Cesare Borgia hired Remirro del Orca to do the dirty, and murderous, work of cleaning up Romagna, chopping heads of genuine evil doers and merely maiming small time crooks in the region, in order to achieve order and stability.

    But when Borgia assessed that Romagna had achieved the desired degree of order, he had Orca sawed in half and his parts deposited on two sides of the town square.

    Is Boehner being Orca’d? Is some more powerful someone demonstrating just who is in charge? Who is that more powerful someone, and to whom does he/she answer: a USA national or the national of some other entity?

  39. Rehmat says:

    GOPs 1 million letter to Ayatullah Ali Khamenei – and Jewish Press announcement of Khamenei’s death.

    http://rehmat1.com/2015/03/11/aipac-s-1-million-letter-to-khamenei/

  40. Kathleen says:

    Important petition to sign and share

    we petition the obama administration to:
    File charges against the 47 U.S. Senators in violation of The Logan Act in attempting to undermine a nuclear agreement.

    On March 9th, 2015, forty-seven United States Senators committed a treasonous offense when they decided to violate the Logan Act, a 1799 law which forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments. Violation of the Logan Act is a felony, punishable under federal law with imprisonment of up to three years.

    At a time when the United States government is attempting to reach a potential nuclear agreement with the Iranian government, 47 Senators saw fit to instead issue a condescending letter to the Iranian government stating that any agreement brokered by our President would not be upheld once the president leaves office.

    This is a clear violation of federal law. In attempting to undermine our own nation, these 47 senators have committed treason.
    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/file-charges-against-47-us-senators-violation-logan-act-attempting-undermine-nuclear-agreement/NKQnpJS9

  41. Kathleen says:

    This petitions goal was 100,000 signatures by April 8th. All ready at 111,ooo

  42. Kathleen says:

    That petition above grew by 7000 signatures in one hour. Have the numbers At 7:50 111,354 by 9;00 was at 118,201 signatures. The goal was to have 100,000 by March 8th. All ready at 118, 201. I bet this hits a million signatures in a week of the creation of the petition. People are tired of this warmongering bullshit. Enough. Know it is symbolic but great symbolism at that. Hope folks sign the petition and share

  43. kooshy says:

    Unlike the Ziocentric analysis we saw linked earlier today, here is somebody doing more sound analysis and reasoning based on why Iran wouldn’t need a nuke especially since she is an ascending power while all her adversaries are descending IMO this analysis is based on reasons and not personal agenda and bias.

    Does Iran Really Want a Bomb?

    By Patrick J. Buchanan
    March 10, 2015 “ICH” -America, we have a problem.
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article41183.htm

  44. fyi says:

    Kathleen says:

    March 10, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    They have not broken the US Law, as far as I have been able to understand it.

  45. kooshy says:

    Iran’s Jewish community in Esfahan: We ‘feel at home’
    By Frederik Pleitgen, CNN

    Sion Mahgrefte is the head of the Jewish community in Esfahan. He declined to comment directly on political matters, especially in the current heated environment, but he did say that the members of his community felt very much at home in Iran.

    “Israel and Iran are countries,” he said. “And we consider ourselves Iranian Jews, not Israeli Jews. So the hostilities between Israel and Iran do not affect us.”

    There is even a Jewish representative in Iran’s parliament. And aside from the vibrant Jewish community in Esfahan — there are 13 synagogues in the city — there are also several Orthodox Cathedrals representing a sizable Christian community.
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/11/middleeast/iran-jews-esfahan/

  46. fyi says:

    All:

    http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/order-from-chaos/posts/2015/03/09-one-year-western-sanctions-against-russia-gaddy

    Replace “Russia” with Iran and “Ukraine” with “Nuclear Industry” and you will get a very cogent analysis of the situation prevailing between Axis Powers and Iran.

  47. kooshy says:

    Time to respect Iran’s independence
    By Massoud Hedeshi

    K-In my opinion a very well review and analysis of past and present events centered on Iran, well worth reading, well said and bravo Mr. Hedeshi.

    “ It is therefore with no small measure of comical astonishment to the average Iranian to hear an American politician refer to Iran as some kind of a threat to Iran’s own region when American military bases with hundreds of thousands of American troops and untold numbers of deadly weapons of mass destruction are physically encircling Iran, 10,000 miles away from their own home, and having wreaked havoc, death and destruction not just in Iran’s neighborhood but all across the globe since the end of World War II.

    “To the average Iranian, it is simply ludicrous to note that the country with the world’s largest stockpile of nuclear weapons tries to lecture others about the evils of proliferating such weapons. Nuclear proliferators such as Israel and the US in particular appear to have no appreciation of the need for integrity in their policy positions. Legitimacy has become a dirty word in today’s international relations”

    K-This I believe is more and truer and perhaps why the Nut saw the urgent need to come to US, as per all empires an entity or person would be deemed dear and hearth close as long as it is useful

    “In this context, the Obama-Netanyahu drama is no more than a sideshow to a greater reality: apartheid Israel has passed its sell-by date, as the US perceives a strategic need to withdraw from the region. An aid-dependent Israel is in no position to replace America’s security role in the region. Israel is in fact seriously concerned about its own failure to establish a stable, economically viable and secure state after seven decades of war and enmity with its neighbors.”

    K-This is yet perhaps the most realistic true analysis of the ongoing Iran / US talks.

    It is therefore of no surprise to witness a long and arduous process of negotiations between the US and Iran at this juncture. Contrary to the stated aims, these talks are not about nuclear weapons. In fact, the intelligence services’ estimates of both the US and Israel have for some years clearly stated that Iran’s nuclear program remains peaceful.

    Unless one is to believe that American and other big-power leaders are sitting down for years on end with their Iranian counterparts to discuss a non-existent issue, the talks must be really about wider issues. In brief, they are about recognizing Iran’s power and standing in the region, and coming to an agreement on Iran’s role in the security of the region, as a non-aligned, independent power.

    Iran’s apparent confidence in these talks is based on the knowledge that it is the US and its allies that need to come to terms with reality, as they have dug themselves into an irrational and perpetual war quagmire that has brought them to the brink of bankruptcy, and backfired at home with regular “terror” attacks with no end or solutions in sight

    “Moreover, in a world that has for so long been dominated by the imperial hubris of a few, acceptance of a truly non-aligned state is hard to swallow, as Iran could become a model for other nations aspiring for genuine independence based on a home-grown system of governance.”

    http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MID-01-110315.html

  48. James Canning says:

    Financial Times leader today: “Netanyahu has taken wrong direction on Iran and on the Palestinians”. How very true.

  49. James Canning says:

    Bravo to Hillary for reminding us that Netanyahu played an important role in setting up the idiotic US invasion of Iraq, in Sept. 2002.

  50. James Canning says:

    In a letter to the Financial Times yesterday, George Collie noted that Netanyahu “abhors linkage of the two issues” – – that is, the relationship of Israel’s continuing growth of the illegal settlements, and the Iranian nuclear dispute.

  51. Kooshy says:

    Meet senator Cotton of Arkansas , it is much easier and cheaper for lobbies to get someone elected to US or State legislative from a poorer states than it is from more industrialized or larger states.

    OMG! Cotton is Kristol’s Protege « LobeLog
    http://www.lobelog.com/omg-cotton-is-kristols-protege/

  52. Rehmat says:

    On December 4, 2013, American Jewish scholar, Dr. Noam Chomsky, called both the US and the Zionist entity Rogue States for their double standards over Iran’s nuclear program. “There are in fact two rogue states operating in the region, resorting to aggression and terror and violating international law at will: the United States and its Israeli client. Iran has indeed carried out an act of aggression: conquering three Arab islands under the US-backed Shah. But any terror credibly attributed to Iran pales in comparison with that of the rogue states,” Chomsky said.

    http://rehmat1.com/2015/03/12/cambridge-university-israel-is-a-rogue-state/

  53. Irshad says:

    Does anyone know what has happened to Arnold Evans – his blog site has not been updated since 2013 and I dont see him commenting on other sites – including here – anymore?

  54. Karl.. says:

    Another state west trying to destroy: Venezuela
    http://rt.com/news/239161-maduro-us-sanctions-venezuela/