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What Iranians think about Donald Trump’s tough stance

Commentary Materials 21 September 2017 14:53 (UTC +04:00)
A large number of Iranian social networks users alongside with high-ranking officials have received President Hassan Rouhani’s yesterday remarks as a wise response to American leader’s attack during his debut speech at UN General Assembly on September 19.
What Iranians think about Donald Trump’s tough stance

Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 21

By Azer Ahmadbayli – Trend:

A large number of Iranian social networks users alongside with high-ranking officials have received President Hassan Rouhani’s yesterday remarks as a wise response to American leader’s attack during his debut speech at UN General Assembly on September 19.

“It will be a great pity if this agreement were to be destroyed by rogue newcomers to the world of politics: the world will have lost a great opportunity. But such unfortunate behavior will never impede Iran’s course of progress and advancement,” Rouhani told UN.

A 40-minute Trump’s UN speech caused a backlash in Iranian newspapers and social networks. However, along with the homogenous flow of negative opinions and comments there were specks of polarity in views with support of Trump’s position.

Iranian officials reacted to President Trump’s attack on Iran, drawing parallel between Trump and Iran’s former and controversial President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“When Ahmadinejad went to the UN, he made remarks that the US and Israel wanted to hear. This year, Trump made those comments that Iran wanted to hear and those remarks benefited Iran,” Mohammad Ali Abtahi, the former vice president under Mohammad Khatami and a well-known pro-reformist figure, told Trend.

“Trump confused the UN with a military base,” Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaei, wrote.

“The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy,” Trump told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

“It [Iranian government] has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos,” Trump said.

“The entire world understands that the good people of Iran want change, and, other than the vast military power of the United States, that Iran's people are what their leaders fear the most. This is what causes the regime to restrict internet access,” Trump told the UN General Assembly.

But not all Iranians share view of Iranian officials as some voice their support to President Trump’s tough stance. Some others stay in the middle.

“Most of [Iranian] conservatives are not concerned about the violation or scrapping of the JCPOA. They mostly are worried that Trump’s pressure and threats may lead to renegotiation,” Reza Haghighatnezhad a foreign-based Iranian journalist said.


“What was wrong with his word saying the Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy and the wealth of the Iranian nation goes to terrorist groups,” user @p_m_j1992 says backing Trump’s stance against Iran.

Iranian press was unanimous in mocking Trump and expressed confidence that President Hassan Rouhani would answer him in deserving manner. Iranian newsmen consider that Trump’s speech was moralizing and contradictory and that he failed in his effort to win over Europe’s positive attitude to JCPOA.

Conclusion

Trump’s blames of Iran as a state cause division of opinions not only in the West, but also in Iranian society, which is not as uniform and closed as it seems to be.

Some consider his words, full of hate to Iran, insulting and unacceptable; some think he is per se right in his tough stance. Of course, there are people who prefer not to express their view to the events taking place. Some fear, some do not care.

There is also division of views in Iran around the nuclear deal. Many people support it sincerely as it promises to better their welfare state, existing conditions of doing business and reputation of the state, whereas there are some who stand for Iran’s withdrawal, including those who have gained great profits from shady trade deals and transactions within the sanctions regime.

It all tells us that Iranian society is just like any other society… diverse and healthy.

P.S. UN speech of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, contrary to expectations of many people, was moderate and rational. Its core included call for nuclear deal protection as well as readiness of Iran to open doors to engagement and cooperation with East and West.

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