The new Iranian president speaks, Ibrahim Raisi, and the fears of the blockade Europe-USA that preceded the elections in the country materialize. No willingness to meet the American counterpart, Joe Biden, to mend the tear desired by his predecessor in the White House, Donald Trump, and no intention of pushing for new nuclear negotiations and on ballistic missiles are the messages launched by the new head of the executive of the Islamic Republic. And concern is leaking from the EU: “I hope it does not affect the negotiations on the nuclear agreement underway a Vienna, this is the most important issue “, commented the High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell.
“We will not have nuclear talks just for the sake of negotiating”
During the first press conference as president, Raisi, he made it known that at the moment there is no intention to meet Biden and he also wanted to send a message outside the borders of Iran, to those powers involved in theJcpoa agreement and who, in the post-Trump, they hoped to be able to restart talks with Teheran. Raisi stated that he will not authorize nuclear negotiations simply “for the sake of negotiation”: “Any negotiation that guarantees national interests it will certainly be supported ”, he assured, however, recalling that the United States“ violated ”the 2015 agreement, while“ the Europeans did not respect their commitments ”. The United States and Europeans “should honor their commitments on the basis” of the agreement, he added. “This is what Iran is asking for” which in the meantime it has re-started enrichment of its uranium resources, now well above the limits established by the agreement wanted by Barack Obama.
And the new president addressed the US directly: “This is my message to the US. Get back to the nuclear deal immediately. This is the current government line (of President Hassan Rohani, ed) and the neighbor, all sanctions must be removed and there must be checks on this process ”.
Raisi also added that his government does not intend to negotiate on its ballistic missile development program and that Tehran’s “foreign policy” “will not be limited to the nuclear agreement”: “The world – he said – must know that our government’s foreign policy will not start from the JCPOA because it will not be limited to the JCPOA “. Raisi, however, also launched reassuring messages talking about “Interaction with all the countries of the world”, of “balanced interaction”, and ensured support “for any negotiation that protects national interests”. “There economic situation and people’s living conditions will not be tied to these negotiations, the world must know that the situation has changed“. The fact remains that the heavy penalties which hit the Islamic Republic again in the period after the US exit from the agreement coincided with one of the economic crises hardest in post-revolutionary history. Crisis aggravated by the pandemic of coronavirus and which cannot be ignored by the new executive.
A change that gives Washington e Brussels however, it was not desired, as the words of Borrell testify as soon as he arrived at the Foreign Council in Luxembourg. The negotiations “at the table are difficult but continue and we expect that the change of leadership will not affect the chances of reaching an agreement,” he said. The coldness of the EU and the US is contrasted by the congratulatory message that came from Beijing, with the Chinese president Xi Jinping which defined the two countries as “global strategic partners” and attributed “great importance to the development of China-Iran relations“. China, one of the main trading partners of the Islamic Republic, is however one of the world powers involved in the ongoing negotiations to relaunch the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and good relations between Beijing and Tehran could also facilitate new negotiations.
Raisi’s past as Khomeinist ‘executioner’: “I have always been attentive to human rights”
Then there is the past to weigh on the new Iranian presidency. Ebrahim Raisi, in fact, is not only the former President of the Supreme Court and former Attorney General, but also and above all the man behind the purges of 1988 ordered by the then Supreme Guide, Ruhollah Khomeini, which led to the killing of thousands (estimates range between 8,000 and 30,000) of political prisoners considered enemies of the 1979 Revolution. Raisi, in a press conference, claimed to have “Always” defended human rights and to have been elected with a “mass” participation: “I am proud of the fact that as a prosecutor I defended the rights, safety and well-being of the nation – he declared – A prosecutor or a judge who protects the rights and security of the nation must be praised for protecting the security of the country “.