Iran sticks to ‘Look to the East’ doctrine amid frustration with Europe

Al-Monitor | : Britain, France, Germany and the European Union — the European signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — have offered little beyond frustration to Iran, which had been expecting them to provide the promised economic dividends of the accord in the face of US pressure that has been mounting since President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the deal in May 2018.

Increasingly disappointed, Iran has sought alternatives by trying to materialize its “Look to the East” doctrine, which seeks deeper ties with Asia’s three leading powers, namely China, India and Japan.

The policy has been manifested in a recent diplomatic frenzy, which has seen Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif sitting down with top officials in the three countries. Within that same framework, Iran is also busy preparing to host Japan’s prime minister June 12-14 as Tehran struggles to find new windows of opportunities and to keep the existing ones open.

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