Trump may turn out to be favorable for Iran
Tehran, Iran, December 2
By Mehdi Sepahvand – Trend:
Despite the common belief, Donald Trump’s foreign policy as the future president of the United States may turn out to be favorable for Iran, says Saeed Yari, chief secretary of the Organization on Iran's National Interest Protection.
Trump has already said that extremist terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), and al-Qaeda need to be dealt with seriously, which is what Iran wants, Yari told Trend December 2.
“Trump has criticized former US officials for engaging in the invasion of Iraq. He has also rebuked them for having reared the IS. He has even said he may help Syrian President Bashar Assad, which also goes in parallel with Iran’s will to preserve Assad,” Yari noted.
“Trump has also said he likes Russian President Vladimir Putin and that their share the same views in some areas, not to mention that Putin has also positively approached Trump's election as the US president. A rapprochement between the US and Russia will benefit Iran for its closeness with Russia.”
Even Trump’s arrangement of harsh, anti-Iran people in his administration will not necessarily harm on Iran, Yari stated.
“The important factor is amity between the US and Russia. The other factor is Trump’s support of Assad and tackling of IS.”
Trump has selected the retired marine general James Mattis to serve as his first Pentagon chief, the first of his national-security appointments that will reassure the establishment of defense circles Trump scorned on the campaign trail. Mattis’s hawkishness on Iran alienated many in Barack Obama’s White House.
On the nuclear deal, it seems Trump will follow a 25-year modality which will step by step open more opportunities for Iran, including the chance to use modern technology, use new nuclear machinery, and also enjoy the economic gains that are to be considered as achievements of the JCPOA, Yari noted.
“So we will never have to tear or archive the JCPOA. Trump will pursue the national interest of the US and refrain from radicalism. The world will work in a friendly, constructive atmosphere. Republicans have always been a bit radical. But it does not mean Iranophobia or Islamophobia will be on their agenda anymore,” he said.