22/02/2021

Iran confident there will be no practical change in U.S. policy

TEL AVIV / TEHRAN — As the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden continues to pursue diplomacy, albeit reserved, with Iran over the nuclear deal signed by former President Obama and abandoned by former President Trump, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in an interview with News Max that the Trump Administration has established an important alliance of Gulf states and Israel to put pressure on Iran and stressed the need for the United States to continue to be part of this alliance.

Israel’s Channel 12 reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold the first strategic discussion with the heads of the security services to determine Israel’s position on the Iran nuclear deal and to prevent Iranian positioning in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

The meeting will be attended by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister Gaby Ashkenazi, Mossad chief Yossi Cohen, and national security adviser Meir Ben Shabat.

In related news, in an interview with Iranian state-owned Press TV channel, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed that Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in the hope that the government of Iran will collapse, but “he is gone and we are still here,” adding that seven successive U.S. Presidents wanted to get us out, but they are all out of power now.

While Biden so far refused to lift the sanctions imposed on Iran by the Trump Administration, he has verbally rejecting Trump’s hardline Iranian policy and has put officials in place to deal diplomatically with Iran.

Zarif’s remarks coincided with those of IAEA Director Rafael Grossi, who said the IAEA had reached an agreement with Iran to continue the necessary inspection activities for verification and surveillance for up to three months, adding that there would be no more surprise inspections.