Jun 11, 2019, 12:20 PM
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De-escalation impossible without US ending economic war on Iran: NIAC chief

New York, June 11, IRNA – Founder of National Iranian American Council (NIAC) Trita Parsi said in an interview with IRNA on Tuesday that de-escalation is impossible without taking steps toward ending US economic war against Iran.

"I see little value in detailed negotiations with Trump as long as Bolton is the National Security advisor, as he will use all of his power to sabotage the talks. This is also true for Pompeo," Parsi, also a professor at Georgetown, told IRNA on Tuesday.

Parsi added that it is unclear whether the decision to proceed with the petrochemical sanctions was on autopilot or whether US President Donald Trump personally decided to move forward with them.

"However, preliminary discussions with Trump may be of value in order to demonstrate to him what negotiations can achieve - if the saboteurs of diplomacy are ousted from his inner circle."

Regarding international efforts to facilitate de-escalation between Iran and the United States, Parsi said, "It is positive that numerous countries have stepped forward to help reduce the tensions Trump has caused. However, if de-escalation only means that the risk of war is reduced while Trump can continue to wage economic warfare against the people of Iran, then I don’t believe these interventions by third countries will bear fruit.

"The petrochemical sanctions underscore the need to economic as well as military de-escalation."

Answering a question about the timing of Trump administration's sanctions against Iran’s largest petrochemical company, he said, "Though Trump most likely wants negotiations (unlike Bolton), he is still under the impression that the maximum pressure strategy is the best path to negotiations."

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