Trump's Iran policy at risk

IRAN – US Commander In Chief Donald J. Trump inclination to drop out from a three-year old international arrangement that curbs Iran’s atomic process is likely to reinforce the country’s hardliners even when the withdrawal would put obligation for mounting economical as well as social discontent directly on the shoulder of Leader Hassan Rouhani’s governing administration.

That is the verdict coming from a public opinion poll that reveals widespread support when it comes to Iran’s nuclear along with rocket programs, deep-seated mistrust of Mr. Trump and the United States, and increasing criticism of a government which has failed to raise standard of comforts, cant get the management of the economy right, and combat corruption.

Iran scholar Esfandyar Batmanghelidj implied that reactions in the survey to the nuclear problem and the economy revealed the “economic origins of a new-anti-Americanism” within one of the few Middle East countries where public perceptions of the USA up until the rise of Mr. Trump had been mostly favourable. Tehran and Tel Aviv were generally the only two major Middle Far eastern metropolitan areas that acted in response to the 9/11 attacks back in 2001 in New York City and Washington with pro-American demonstrations.

Mr. Batmanghelidj stated anti-Americanism was actually escalating due to perceptions that the Trump government had failed to meet its obligations underneath the 2015 atomic contract negotiated with Iran by the United States, the European Union, Russia, China, Britain, France and even Germany. “The very concept of diplomacy is being overpowered,” Mr. Batmanghelidj claimed.

Over 80 per-cent of those surveyed concluded that relationships with the US had not strengthened due to the agreement, a stark rise from the 55.7 percent polled around June 2016. 69.2 percent characterised Mr. Trump as totally hostile to Iran as compared with 49.6 per-cent in December 2016.

Some 60 percent insisted that the US had not lifted all the sanctions it was obliged to wave under the agreement, up from 24.5 per-cent in June 2016. In perhaps one of the more surprising responses, the amount of Iranians who had an unfavourable or somewhat unfavourable view of Americans rose from 45 per-cent during July 2014 to 54.5 percent in January of this particular year.

Three quarters of those surveyed by IranPoll have actually soured on the atomic accord. Despite approval of the arrangement going down just 12 points from 87 percent in 2009 to 75.3 per-cent in January, the poll indicated that a significant majority favor a hard line on atomic issues although support for militaristic uses at a bare 1.9 per-cent was minuscule.

Back up for the nuclear accord dropped from 76.5 per-cent in 2015 to 55.1 per-cent in January, suggesting mounting disillusionment due to the agreement’s failure to create concrete economical benefits for a majority of the population. This perception was apparent in the fact that the feeling of lack of economic benefit remained static having 73.8 per-cent reporting in 2016 that these people had seen absolutely no upside and 74.8 pct revealing a comparable view in January.

The 103-question sampling elevates the question of exactly how the jellying of Iranian international, defence, as well as economic policies will play out. The poll proposes that the community is most likely to rally around the Iranian government on behalf of its rejection to bow to Mr. Trump’s demand for a renegotiation of the atomic accord.

The question whether the government can deal with economical including social grievances that recently emerged in wide-spread anti-government protest is most likely to influence mindsets towards the USA as well as the EU which has yet to put flesh on its skeleton of adversary to US dabbling with the nuclear accord.

The EU has so far avoided putting legal protections in position to safeguard International service companies which spend money in Iran in opposition to United States alternate sanctions should Washington decide to withdraw from the nuclear accord.

Iranian federal government officials firmly insist that they have listened to the grievances expressed in the latest protests. “Growth has certainly not been inclusive,” admits Ali Taiebnia, Mr. Rouhani’s top economical advisor. Mr. Taiebnia added in which “those in charge have heard the message.”

Discussing the Iranian economic situation, Mr. Taiebnia projected indicators of prospective change as routine rather than as a reaction to the grievances. He defined initiatives to decrease the role from the armed forces as well as the Revolutionary Guards in the economy with the exception of building and construction as a policy which was being simply created for the past 3 yrs. Businesses associated with the Guards are strongly believed to represent 15 percent of Iran’s gross domestic product (GDP).

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei showed up last month in the wake of the protests to place his weight for the very first time openly behind the initiative.

Mr. Taiebnia stated a preliminary study had concluded in which “the function of the military in the economy has been exaggerated,” yet acknowledged that a commission had made a decision that it (the military and the Guards ) ought to pull back from the support services, finance and production” sectors.

Mr. Taiebnia seemed to downplay this week’s denial by parliament of the government budget plan that Mr. Rouhani provided in December on the evening of the protests in a pep talk in which he focused on shadiness. “It’s not important. It will be re-discussed and most probably approved,” Mr. Taiebnia said.

Parliamentarians firmly insisted that the budget required to deal with issues such as employment and poverty. The budget’s suggested slashing of cash money payments to tens of millions of Iranians was actually one factor parliament rejected it.

The long and even short of the poll’s results is that Iranians are progressively pessimistic regarding their economic opportunities and that Mr. Trump’s idea that the guy could force Iran to make concessions on the missile process and support of groups in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq together with Yemen and possibly provoke Iranians to mutiny against their federal government could backfire by changing public viewpoints of the United States as well as potentially Europe.

An European move to guarantee that it really can comply with the nuclear arrangement even if the Mr. Trump withdraws could possibly focus Iranian outrage exclusively on the United States. Some 60 percent of people surveyed expressed confidence that Europe would live up to its commitments.

Possibly one of the most troubling sampling result is the fact that 67.4 per-cent of those reviewed concluded from the experience of the agreement that “it is not worthwhile for Iran to generate concessions, because Iran can not have confidence that if it makes a concession world powers will honor their side of an agreement.”

In a further indication, 67.3 percent favoured Iran searching for to attain financial self-sufficiency– a policy pursued by former hard-line Iranian Head of state Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. That promises to make complex any future negotiation with Iran.


  1. Iran can secretly develop nuclear weapons on its military sites,And to halt their international sanctions, they hide their nuclear weapons. The question is why the International Atomic Energy Agency is unable to inspect Iran’s military sites!?
    that is how everything fits together.
    The JCPOA Is Iran’s Legal Path to the Bomb.


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