Jan 3, 2018, 5:42 PM
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Trump trumpeting Iranophobia one year after taking office

New York, Jan 3, IRNA – One year has passed since Donald Trump took office in the United States, while his sole strategy in dealing with Iran over the past year has been blowing the trumpet of Iranophobia.

The forty-fifth US president is to mark his one year in the White House in a few days. But he has failed so far to adopt a clear and sustainable policy towards Iran, though following the tradition of turning down the achievements of his predecessor and contrary to the policies adopted by Barack Obama, he has opted to aggressively confront Iran.

Still, the line of confrontation set by the US president against Iran tends not to be a coherent enduring one, rather it tends to display signs of contradiction.

The main measures taken by Trump against Iran over the past year included trying to cancel the July 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers, a blatant call for regime change in Iran and interventions in the Middle East to weaken Iran. But in doing so, he has had no clear-cut strategy, provoking oppositions on the side of the US Congress and even among his own administration members.

Trump's attempt to decertify the Iran Deal, known also as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and impose new sanctions on Iran has not gained the support of the US Congressmen and many of his critics are expressing hope that this issue along with other threats made by the US president against North Korea as well as his promise to engage in a trade war with China would reveal to be just hollow threats made by the fledgling president.

And most recently, Trump has released his administration's annual National Security Strategy plan to 'lay out a strategic vision for protecting the American'. But again, despite all his previous announcements and pledges in his speeches to confront Iran, the plan just takes care of generalities in its references to Iran without elaborating on the specific policies in this regard.

The plan, some US administration sources argue, is intended to increase the pressure on Tehran to curb its ballistic missile programs, while it puts in place more mechanisms to intensify monitoring Iran's nuclear activities, and confronting the so-called destabilization attempts by the country in the region, Reuters reported.

On the other hand, Trump is the first US president who has been outspoken about attempts to topple the current government in Iran.

His Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, addressing the US Senate in June, 2017, said that US policy is driven by relying on “elements inside of Iran” to bring about “peaceful transition of that government'.

Such a stance, after all, is against the non intervention agreement signed between Tehran and Washington in 1981, suggesting that 'the United States pledges that it is and from now on will be the policy of the United States not to intervene, directly or indirectly, politically or militarily, in Iran's internal affairs.'

But President Trump has not stopped to use its indecent language to address the Iranian people and government.

Over the past few days that people in Iran staged demonstrations in different parts of the country to show dissatisfaction over economic conditions, the US president repeatedly posted messages on his Twitter account to express the White House support for the Iranian protestors.

Yet, his comments not only were in violation of the principle of non-intervention in international law, but also even inside the United States they provoked denunciations.

Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice tweeted out a New York Times op-ed that advised President Trump to be quiet on the Iranian protests.

Too, a New York Times op-ed on December 30, 2017, advised the US president that in dealing with the recent street protests in Iran, he better 'keep quiet and do nothing'.

It is believed that with Trump's attempts to ban the Iranian nationals from traveling to the US and the continuation of unilateral US sanctions against Iran even after the implementation of the landmark international Iran nuclear deal, his support for the Iran protests would only worsen the situation.

Finally, some observers are of the view that policies adopted by the US president to address the Iranian issues are going to fail as they are overridden with threats.

'Trump focused on employing coercive tools such as sanctions and threats, including a threat to abrogate the JCPOA absent “fixes', wrote the National Interest.

'The strategy aims to compel Iran to change its policies and European allies to fall in line with the US approach. We evaluate the strategy from the perspective of “coercive bargaining theory”—a pillar of American foreign policy—and find that it lacks key components for success. Namely, it too heavily relies on threats, disregards the role of coercive assurances and incentives, introduces unlimited aims and neglects diplomatic engagement,' it said.

Article by: Mohsen Taherzadeh, IRNA correspondent in New York

Abridged and translated by: Reza Bahar

Edited by: Hamid Shamlou


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