In a new feature, Brett Cox tracks news and analysis on the Iranian nuclear challenge in Persian language media. In this week's edition, an Iranian foreign affairs forum discusses the possibility of an American diplomatic presence in Iran, and more.
By Brett Cox
June 14, 2014
“Nuclear weapons have no role in Iran’s national security.”
––Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, in the opening ceremony of the 156th Bergdorf Conference. Reported by Iran’s Institute of Political and International Studies, Zarif cautioned the West against pursuing the same arguments as in 2005 and that Iran’s enrichment capacity is no longer up for discussion.
June 21, 2014
“Tensions between Iran and the IAEA have now reached a minimum… and the potential for an agreement is there.”
—Former Iran nuclear negotiator Said Mousavian, in an interview published on an Iranian foreign affairs forum. Mousavian, a former cabinet official in both the Rafsanjani and Khatami administrations, is currently a scholar at Princeton where he is researching solutions to the standoff and Iran-U.S. relations. He stipulated, however, that any agreement “must be within the frameworks of the NPT,” and warned of the potential of a global energy crisis should the talks fail.
June 25, 2014
|October 9, 2013 - Iran's parliament speaker Ali Larijani speaks in Geneva, Switzerland. (Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)|
“World powers must come together to prevent the terrorists from prevailing in Iraq.”
Dr. Ali Larijani, head of Iran’s Parliament, in a statement about the threat posed by ISIS. He urged international cooperation against terrorists that “seek anarchy and are the enemies of democracy”, and spoke of the threats they pose in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Most officials have professed their commitment to defending Shiite holy sites in Iraq or assisting Prime Minister Maliki; and many have made very clear their opposition to U.S. involvement.
“The sanctions against Iran are cruel and illegal.”
––Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in a meeting and Q&A with conservative politicians. In a report by FarsNews, Zarif championed Iran’s resistance throughout the sanctions and warned that the West will not be able to impose a sanctions regime similar to the one before the interim Geneva agreement.
June 27, 2014
Has the time come for American diplomatic presence in Iran?
The advantages and realities of an American interests section staffed by Americans are discussed on an Iranian foreign affairs forum. “Whether Iran and the US reach a final agreement or the talks fail, there are a number of benefits of an American interests office in Iran.”
Brett Cox is a research intern at the Project on Managing the Atom at the Belfer Center and a student at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.