Nikki Ha­ley forced to re­sign fol­low­ing failed anti-Iran bid at UNSC: an­a­lyst

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Ali Khor­ram, a se­nior an­a­lyst and for­mer Ira­nian am­bas­sador to UN bod­ies in Vienna, says U.S. Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions Nikki Ha­ley was fired by Don­ald Trump be­cause of her fail­ure in unit­ing the mem­bers of the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil against Tehran.

In an ar­ti­cle pub­lished on the Ar­man daily on Wed­nes­day, Khor­ram said Ha­ley wanted to turn the re­cent Se­cu­rity Coun­cil ses­sion, which was headed by the United States, into “Iran’s trial” but she failed be­cause of her lack of diplo­matic ex­pe­ri­ence and co­op­er­a­tion with the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil.

“The out­come of that meet­ing was that Iran emerged vic­to­ri­ous and the per­ma­nent and tem­po­rary mem­bers [of the coun­cil] spoke out against Don­ald Trump and the [U.S.] with­drawal from the JCPOA (the of­fi­cial name for the 2015 nu­clear deal),” he re­marked.

Khor­ram also said Trump has no mercy even for his friends, and is will­ing to sac­ri­fice those who have served him faith­fully.

The re­marks came a day af­ter Ha­ley ten­dered her res­ig­na­tion as the UN am­bas­sador, which Trump ac­cepted.

Ac­cord­ing to Al-Mon­i­tor, the “sud­den” and “enig­matic” res­ig­na­tion hit the head­lines of most Ira­nian pa­pers Oct. 10, as they re­viewed her anti-Iran stances and par­tic­u­larly her ve­he­ment op­po­si­tion to the JCPOA.

Pe­jo­ra­tively de­scrib­ing the U.S. diplo­mat as “the anti-Iran sher­iff,” re­formist pa­per Etemad re­called her “show” in Wash­ing­ton where she gath­ered am­bas­sadors to present what she claimed was ev­i­dence of Ira­nian mil­i­tary aid to Ye­men’s Houthi fight­ers. The ed­i­to­rial dug into the roots of Ha­ley’s “blind hos­til­ity” to­ward Iran in her “fer­vent sup­port for Is­rael dur­ing her youth … a sen­ti­ment that she still main­tains with no less pas­sion.”

“Ha­ley is too am­bi­tious to think of any­thing less than the pres­i­dency in 2020 or 2024,” Etemad con­cluded, a pre­dic­tion that was also raised by re­form-lean­ing daily Hamdeli.

Ha­ley’s anti-Iran po­si­tions were the cen­tral themes in the Ira­nian me­dia’s cov­er­age of her res­ig­na­tion, which fea­tured spec­u­la­tions about the rea­sons for her de­ci­sion to step aside later this year. Ac­cord­ing to Kho­rasan, the U.S. diplo­mat’s res­ig­na­tion could be traced to her idea for Pres­i­dent Trump to chair the Sept. 26 UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meet­ing on non­pro­lif­er­a­tion, which fo­cused on Iran. It de­scribed the ses­sion as a “po­lit­i­cal fail­ure” for both Ha­ley and the U.S. govern­ment. “All those present at the meet­ing crit­i­cized the U.S. with­drawal from the Iran [nu­clear] deal, prompt­ing Trump’s de­par­ture from the ses­sion ahead of sched­ule,” wrote Mar­dom­salari un­der a head­line that re­ferred to Ha­ley as “the en­emy of the United Na­tions.” The world body, ac­cord­ing to the ed­i­to­rial, will now en­joy “a sigh of relief” for some time be­fore Trump as­signs a new en­voy.

Ha­ley’s Ira­nian coun­ter­part also re­acted to her de­ci­sion. “Mrs. Ha­ley en­tered the UN with a uni­lat­er­al­ist ap­proach,” said Gho­lam-Ali Khoshroo, who heads Iran’s mis­sion at the United Na­tions. “She looked upon the UN as a mil­i­tary base or a prison.”

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