1159 GMT March 07, 2021
If US President-elect Joe Biden adopts an appropriate approach toward Iran, as an independent and powerful country in the region, the Islamic Republic will reciprocally have a positive reaction, said a senior Iranian MP.
Shahriar Heidari, the vice chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Iran Daily in reaction to Biden’s victory in the US November 3 presidential election and the coming to power of the Democrats.
He added however, if the new US administration seeks to create tension again and continues Washington’s current policies against Iran, the Islamic Republic will naturally voice serious criticism about the Americans’ behavior.
Commenting on the possibility of Biden’s return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the lawmaker said the issue depends on his first remarks after assuming presidency and coming to power.
Biden’s future statements about international issues, including those pertaining to Iran, will provide further clarification in this regard, he added.
In May 2018, President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the JCPOA, signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran. Mainly targeting Iran’s oil and banking sectors, the sanctions failed to achieve the desired result.
In his stump speeches over the course of his presidential election campaign, Biden repeatedly blamed Trump for pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, declaring that the policy of “maximum pressure” had failed.
He had said that in case of winning the presidential race, he would deal with the JCPOA as part of his plans and would bring the US back to the agreement.
On November 3, the US presidential election was held, which ended in Biden’s victory. Trump, however, has yet to concede to his democratic rival, preventing a smooth transition. He claims that the election was “rigged”, which has resulted in rallies by his supporters. Trump’s campaign has filed a flurry of lawsuits in battleground states, although election officials in both parties have said they see no evidence of serious irregularities.
Heidari said although the US, as a powerful and influential country in the world, should and can adopt a different approach toward the international community, it has, so far, used its power and influence to solely create tensions and conflicts across the globe and wage wars.
He noted that instead of creating tension and sowing discord in the international community, the US should move toward securing peace, promoting friendship and ensuring stability in the world, stressing, “However, we do not have a good mentality about a [probable] change of behavior by the Americans and maintain that there is no difference between the Republican and Democratic parties in this respect.”
Noting that Americans have always pursued fixed principles within the international system, he said they have sought authoritarianism and the production of power and tried to use this power on the global scene and promote the emergence of a new geopolitics in their own favor.
Although these principles are consistently upheld by both the Democrats and Republicans, there are differences in the two parties' approaches toward the international community, the MP added.
He emphasized that the international community has always been strongly critical of US authoritarianism, saying the country has always been after authoritarianism and a greater influence in the world and, to these ends, adopts a different attitude toward each country.
Heidari noted that in view of its special geopolitical position in the region and the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always been at the center of many countries’ attention, including superpowers such as the US.
He added meanwhile, some powerful states, such as China and Russia, that are also seeking to use Iran’s special position to their advantage, establish correct and logical relationships with Iran.
“This comes as the US has always sought to curb Iran’s power in the region and the world.”
Heidari said such a policy has been constantly pursued by the US over the past 40 years under both Democrat and Republican administrations.
The imposition of nuclear sanctions against Iran began in the mid-1980s. The sanctions remained in place during the first two years of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s first term in office (2013-17). The sanctions had been imposed under UN Security Council resolutions 1737 (passed in 2006), 1747 (passed in 2007), 1803 (passed in 2008) and 1929 (passed in 2010), all in condemnation of Iran’s peaceful nuclear program.
During the tenure of the former US president, Barack Obama, new sanctions were imposed on Iran, mostly targeting legal persons. However, following the signing of the JCPOA and approval of Resolution 2231 on July 20, 2015, UN sanctions on Iran were lifted.
Heidari maintained that US fixed policies toward Iran, such as controlling the Islamic Republic’s power, diminishing its regional influence, spreading Iranophobia and uttering hostile threats against Tehran, will be pursued even after the Democrats’ entry into the White House, saying, however, Washington’s methods and techniques may change.
He advised the would-be leaders of the White House to recognize Iranian people’s rights and respect other countries, which is in the interest of both the US and the international community.
Heidari warned the US against formulating terrorist theories and creating tension in the regional and international spheres.