Iran’s top lead­ers move to calm con­cerns over Trump elec­tion

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

TEHRAN: Iran’s two top lead­ers - its pres­i­dent and the coun­try’s supreme leader both sought yes­ter­day to calm con­cerns in Iran over the fu­ture of Tehran’s nu­clear deal with world pow­ers in the wake of Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion for US pres­i­dent

Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani said the coun­try will re­main com­mit­ted and loyal to the deal, re­gard­less of the out­come of the US elec­tion. Supreme Leader Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said Iran was in­dif­fer­ent to the re­sult of the US vote, in­sist­ing the Ira­nian na­tion was “not wor­ried” about the fu­ture and was ready for any fall­out from the US elec­tion.

Trump’s much pub­li­cized crit­i­cism of the nu­clear deal and his cam­paign vows to rene­go­ti­ate the terms and in­crease en­force­ment of the deal that put off the threat of Tehran de­vel­op­ing atomic weapons has sent jit­ters across Iran. “If a pres­i­dent is changed here and there, it has no im­pact on the will of Iran,” Rouhani said in a speech broad­cast live on state TV from the city of Karaj, where he was vis­it­ing. “Based on the deal, we im­ple­ment our com­mit­ment.”

World is not con­trolled by one en­tity

With­out men­tion­ing Trump by name, Rouhani said that “the world is not un­der the will of a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual and party. The re­al­ity of the world will im­pose many things on ex­trem­ists.” “No­body should imag­ine it is pos­si­ble to play with Iran,” he added. The deal, which went into ef­fect in Jan­uary, forced Iran to pull back from the brink of nu­clear weapons ca­pac­ity in ex­change for an end to many of the US and European sanc­tions that crip­pled Iran’s econ­omy.

Iran has de­nied that the sanc­tions af­fected its econ­omy in any way. It has been largely re­spected de­spite undi­min­ished US-Ira­nian ten­sions through­out the Mid­dle East, in­clud­ing their sup­port for ri­val sides in Syria and Ye­men’s civil wars.

Trump’s ex­act plans on the nu­clear deal are vague but any rene­go­ti­a­tion would be dif­fi­cult - Iran has no in­cen­tive to re­open talks over a deal it is sat­is­fied with. And none of the other coun­tries in the seven­na­tion ac­cord has ex­pressed in­ter­est in pick­ing apart an un­der­stand­ing that took more than a decade of stop-and-go diplo­macy and al­most two full years of ne­go­ti­a­tions to com­plete.

Iran’s supreme leader, who has fi­nal say on all state mat­ters in Iran, said in re­marks on state TV that Iran was in­dif­fer­ent to Trump’s elec­tion vic­tory. “We nei­ther mourn nor cheer be­cause it makes no dif­fer­ence to us. We do not have any judg­ment on the elec­tion,” Khamenei said. “We are also not wor­ried. And we are ready for any pos­si­ble in­ci­dent.”

“The Unites States is the same coun­try and over the past 37 years any of the US ma­jor par­ties that came to power brought us no good, while their evil was al­ways di­rected to­ward the Ira­nian na­tion,” Khamenei added.

Iran and the US have had no diplo­matic re­la­tions since 1979, when mil­i­tant stu­dents stormed the US Em­bassy in Tehran, took 52 Amer­i­cans hostage and held them for 444 days after Wash­ing­ton re­fused to hand over Iran’s top­pled shah, Mo­ham­mad Reza Pahlavi, for trial in Iran.

TEHRAN: In this photo re­leased by an of­fi­cial web­site of the of­fice of the Ira­nian Pres­i­dency, Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani, right, meets with Chi­nese De­fense Min­is­ter Chang Wan­quan, left, at his of­fice on Tues­day.

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