Iranians say no to pliable policy towards US

TEHRAN, Jun. 27 (MNA) – With the deadline for Iran, 5+1 negotiations looming, US excessive demands and lack of commitment seem to be posing danger to a possible nuclear deal, as majority of Iranians believe.

Nearly two years have passed since the start of nuclear talks between Iran and 5+1 bringing about many ups and downs.

The constant stream of broken promises, avarice, greed, irrational and excessive demands by the West and US have gone beyond the red lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran annoying many Iranian people who expect mutual respect and trust from the other side during talks over Iran’s nuclear program.

Two-years of failure to adhere to the principles of mutual dialogue discouraged people, making them lose that initial enthusiasm for Iran’s participation in nuclear negotiations in a bid to prove peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear program.

Iran has long been suffering from US egoistic and greedy policies. People remember the long history of mistrust in the American policies. Whenever they trusted the country, the wound got deeper. In the latest poll conducted by Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Iranian people openly stated that they do not trust the United States.

Iranian people, recalling sore experiences over US enmity, don’t trust the country to live up to its commitments regarding the deal over Iran’s nuclear program.

An opinion poll by IRIB indicates that 73 percent of Iranians do not trust the US to be bound to a nuclear deal with Iran, believing that in case a nuclear deal is not reached, Iran should continue its uranium enrichment as before.

According to the same survey, 75 percent believe if the talks fail, the US would be responsible due to its excessive demands.

Also, 70 percent of the sample population said if the talks fail, Iran should stop imports from hostile countries as a punishment.

Now, in the course of nuclear talks ongoing between Iran and 5+1, US excessive demands have gone far beyond redlines, insisting to encroach on the most sensitive security and military sites under the pretext of gaining trust over Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities which is contrary to the UN charter.

Iran, as a founding member of the United Nations and the one that has the bitter experience of being invaded for several years by outside forces for many times during its near and remote history, places the greatest importance on the purposes and principles of the UN Charter.

The idea of visiting or inspection of Iran’s military centers under any title, including managed access has raised fierce reactions among various sectors of Iranian society including IRGC and military organizations.

Meanwhile, President Rouhani as well as the members of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team have repeatedly stressed that Iran will never yield to the greedy demands of the parties involved in the talks over its peaceful nuclear program.

In his recent key remarks on June 23, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei categorically rejected foreign access to the country’s ‘security and defensive’ sectors under the pretext of nuclear monitoring. He also ruled out any request for interviews with Iranian nuclear scientists, describing it as an instance of ‘interrogation.’

Leader said he would never let foreigners come and talk to the Iranian nation’s scientists who have expanded this wide knowledge to this stage. Iran’s opposition to interrogations is based on protecting its own citizens and scientists as a number of its nuclear scientists were assassinated in recent years after IAEA interviewed them and collected their information. Iran accuses IAEA of handing out the info to the US and Israel.

Opinion polls also indicate that a majority of the Iranian people are opposed to the inspection of the country’s military sites.

According to a recent online poll by Iranian Mehr News Agency, 83% of people indicated that they are opposed to the nuclear inspections and investigations.

Since Dr. Rouhani took office in 2013, Iran’s foreign policy faced a lot of developments. Dr. Rouhani’s foreign policy is mainly focused on more interaction with the international community, regional countries in particular, and on what he has repeatedly announced as a win-win approach.

As a big step, he referred to the nuclear talks as the start of a broader policy of opening up a new relationship with the world.

A question remains here: Will Dr. Rouhani’s policy be effective regarding the US? Iranian people, who have always determined their own fate, answered the question in a survey published in Parsineh News website.

Parsineh, as one of the sites in line with the government policies, asked its users a multiple choice question about whom people will vote if they get back to two years ago, when Iran’s presidential elections happened.

Up to 40% of the users chose Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator for the past six years, who was an unsuccessful candidate in the June 2013 presidential election, placing third.

Hassan Rouhani received only 35% of votes, indicating that Iranian people do not accept a pliable policy towards the United States of America regarding nuclear negotiations.

Ever-growing voracious demands by West and the US shows that they do not deal fairly with the most obvious and the most fundamental right of a country which is having access to nuclear knowledge.

The result of the survey suggests that majority of Iranian people call for adopting a stronger policy towards US which voters believed Saeed Jalili was seeking regarding the policies of Iran’s nuclear program during the previous administration.

KhabarOnline is another Iranian News website close to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and incumbent Deputy Culture Minister for Press and Media Affairs Hossein Entezami which published an online poll for 24 hours, the results of which confirmed the one published on Parsineh News website.

KhabarOnline surveyed its users’ views on the performance of Iran’s negotiating team asking “what do you think about the performance of Dr. Rouhani’s negotiating team?”

The answers to pick among were “Courageous and wise to protect the rights of the Iranian nation,” “Acceptable, but needs more caution and prudence” and “Unacceptable and must change their approach.”

 

Interestingly, more than 60 percent of participants chose the third option which requires the government to change its approach towards nuclear talks with the world.

During his election campaign in 2013, Hassan Rouhani turned the scene of debates and rivalry into a competition between his won and Saeed Jalili’s discourse in nuclear talks, believing that nuclear negotiations could have born results much earlier if it was done properly.

His remarks tailoring improvement of economy and removal of woes in daily life to a possible nuclear deal with the 5+1, won him a tiny majority in election to put him in power. Appointing well-experienced diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif to lead the negotiations, Rouhani took the first step by reaching an interim deal in Vienna just a few months after coming to power. But soon after, lengthened talks faded people’s hope away and fewer people believed that a nuclear deal would have considerable impact on their lives.

Moreover, as the abovementioned surveys show, in nearly two years of talks, more Iranians are blaming US policies and approach towards negotiations for reaching a final agreement so far. The pessimism toward the US has apparently led more Iranians to believe that Iran should take tougher positions in negotiations and reject US excessive demands in a possible final deal.

By Mehr News Agency