The Iranian regime has a new chance to set things straight and rectify its situation so that Iran becomes a responsible state within the international community. The conditions set by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reflect an attempt to set everything straight and not allow Tehran to continue what it’s been doing and to warn it that the punishment will be harsh if it does not respond to these demands.
The Iranian regime must understand that it’s walking a path that will lead to its loss and that its situation is getting worse, not just at the domestic level but also on the international level. Recent Russian statements about the importance of foreign forces and militias’ withdrawal from Syria must not be overlooked by Tehran. Iran is also not supposed to be more arrogant while dealing with all this as its presence in Syria is wrong and the request of its number one ally Russia seems rational in this current phase and may actually save it from suffering bigger losses.
On Monday, Pompeo explained the US president’s point of view as to why he withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran. Pompeo said the US is willing to negotiate a new agreement with Iran, and proposed 12 points for a new deal. The demands seem logical and could guarantee an agreement between all parties and make the deal real in terms of serving the entire international community and the region’s countries because it puts clear boundaries for Iran’s behavior while lifting the sanctions in exchange for Iran’s commitment to conditions that help maintain security and stability across the world.
Russian calls for withdrawal of foreign forces and militias from Syria must not be overlooked by Tehran
The 12 demands come within the context of Washington’s new strategy towards Iran after the US withdrew from the nuclear deal. Washington said it’s willing to eventually lift the sanctions off Tehran if it responds to these demands. The first four demands are linked to Iran’s nuclear activity while the others are: release American citizens and all citizens of US allies, end support to terror groups in the Middle East, like Hezbollah, Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, respect the Iraqi government and allow the disarmament of Shiite militias, end support of Houthi militias, withdraw all forces under its (Iran’s) command in Syria, end support to Taliban and all terrorist members and stop harboring al-Qaeda members, end the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Forces support to terrorists and stop the practices that threaten its (Iran’s) neighbors of which many are US allies.
It’s clear that these demands were not liked by Tehran as it wants the old agreement that gives it everything for nothing in return, as this allows it to pressure European countries to support it in rejecting the US withdrawal from the deal while keeping the old deal in place. However, according to most experts, Europe cannot continue to accept with the old deal without the US. Therefore, Tehran must reconsider its calculations as the region’s countries and other countries which were harmed by its practices for decades will not allow Iran to continue with its hostile behavior and enjoy the free gift presented in the old nuclear deal.
Mohammed Al-Hammadi is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper and Executive Director of editing and publishing at the Abu Dhabi Media Company. He founded and was Editor-in-Chief of the Arabic edition of National Geographic magazine, and has held numerous positions in journalism since joining Al Ittihad in 1994. Al-Hammadi has been a columnist for more than 15 years, including writing a daily column for seven years and producing a weekly political column in Al Ittihad since 2001. He has also worked as a parliamentary editor for seven years, covering the proceedings of the Federal National Council in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to being an active participant on social networks, Al-Hammadi has an interest in new media and is currently working on a project to ease the transition from traditional to digital and smart media. Al-Hammadi has received numerous awards and is a member of a number of organizations and federations. He features regularly in broadcast media as a regional political commentator and has authored several books including Time of Ordeal (2008), The UAE Democracy (2009) and The Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood (2016). Twitter: @MEalhammadi