What implementing Iran’s nuclear accord means for neighbors

Alwaght- Iran’s nuclear deal has gone in to effect, a step paving the way for lifting the economic sanctions which have represented a burden making Tehran suffer for the past decades, but seen as stepping stones empowering the country to achieve its self-sufficiency, making it rank top among the regional countries. Reflecting Iran’s power as well as its willingness for dialogue and its consideration of the goodwill neighborhood ties, the Iranian persistence during 13 years has led to opening of new page in the country’s history which has come as a result of several years of strenuous negotiations, concluding in Vienna.

But Tehran is well aware that closing the page of sanctions would coincide with a new page of fresh conflicts and confrontations with the US, starting about cases like the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missiles and also about the regional crises. Therefore, in the past months Iran has shown a priority for regional cooperation over working with the West generally and with the US specifically.

Iran’s new chapter of relations is not similar to many regional and global countries which have lost what they were owning as a result of signing a deal with Washington and its allies, as the case was with Japan at the end of the World War II or Saddam Hussein after capturing Kuwait and Egypt as a result of October 1967 war with the Israeli regime. The essential difference here is Iran’s emerging as a winner from the battle of sanctions after it fixed itself as a nuclear state by winning an international approval. This means Iran now has a right, as according to the war principles, to enjoy the yields of its nuclear win.

Iran’s use of its nuclear victory’s achievements would never mean violating the other countries’ rights as it is the case with Washington, but it means Tehran would fix its rights just against the will of Washington which dominates many of the region’s countries. Actually, in Iran there is an emphasis which highlights the fact that Tehran would not allow the “Great Satan” to do to the country whatever it has done to Iran’s Arab neighbors.

The Iranian nuclear victory internationally carries messages insisting that Tehran is standing on its determination to protect its legal rights while it is dismissing all of the threats no matter where they come from. It also sends an array of messages on a regional level, including:

First, the nuclear deal’s experience represents a new and concrete lesson about the reality of confrontation between the US and other countries across the globe, because many of the world countries see confronting Washington as an act of suicide, but Iran showed this issue is not true with Tehran. Iran has turned the threats in to opportunities. This could present a sample highlighting the power of the region’s countries, on top of them Syria and Iraq, that they can make gains ultimately through patience and sacrifice.

Second, it was impossible for Tehran to obtain its legal rights without having a deterrent military power preventing the enemies from making any military move against the country as Washington has done against Afghanistan and Iraq. The former Egyptian President Jamal Abdel Naser’s principle that “what was taken by force, can only be restored by forces”, has now surfaced in a new version: “What is sought to be taken by force, can only be saved by force”, therefore, Tehran has dealt with the cause of the issue and not with the result.

Third, it was also impossible for the nuclear win to take place for the Islamic Republic if the Iranian people did not stand shoulder to shoulder with their government and persist on protecting their rights for using nuclear energy. In other words, even if Iran had a strong military power, it was not capable of winning without a popular support. This is a point highlighting the need by the regional countries to rely on their people not on the US or the military power because they both would not last and could disappear at any shock.

Fourth, Iran has reached a deal with the US which stands behind all of the sufferings Tehran has been exposed to. Of course it was easier if the deal and proximity has taken place with the Muslim neighboring countries. What has been said by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Vienna is a good proof for Iran’s sincere approach towards its neighbors. Maintaining Iran’s readiness, Zarif has emphasized the fact that it was now time for the nations, especially the Muslim ones, to put hand in hand to get the world rid of the terrorism and violence.

Fifth, Iran has proven its all-out honesty concerning its nuclear program, therefore, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), could not condemn Tehran or accuse it of moving towards a military nuclear program. This is an indication of Iran’s frankness when it highlighted the necessity for improving the relations with all of the regional countries, specifically Saudi Arabia which recently has started to take the same steps taken by Washington in its dealing with Iran, especially as a result of the fact that the kingdom’s presently adopted attitudes have failed to bring Riyadh any military or political win.

Perhaps some think that lifting the sanctions, which comes as a fulfillment of the terms of the nuclear deal, would mean end of the prevailing conflict between Tehran and Washington, but the facts and the experiences both prove that the US is seeking to move to a new case and new sanctions, an approach which would be faced by a fresh resistance, leading to fresh negotiations and ultimately new gain for Iran.

By Alwaght