Residents of Tehran have been reacting to Donald Trump’s new strategy with Iran. He has said that he will no longer certify the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.
Headlines read that no alterations could be added to the deal, whatever move the US makes.
Alireza Rahimi is a Member of the Security Council and Foreign Affairs Commission in Iran’s Parliament. He was dismissive of Trump’s rhetoric.
“Despite all the alleged threats, Trump’s speech didn’t mention anything specific. Instead, drawing a negative atmosphere towards Iran, diverting the world’s attention from itself concerning accusations related to human rights violations and terrorism backfiring on the US.”
Trump may have hoped to garner support from some of the Iranian people, but referring to the Persian Gulf as the Arabian Gulf, or calling Iran a terrorist nation didn’t sit well with them.
President Hassan Rohani, said that deal is non-negotiable, while experts say that Iran’s interests are safeguarded as long as the EU, China and Russia are committed to it.
Iran apparently has no intent to increase tensions and it has frequently stated that it will not be the first country to violate JCPOA; however, the position of Iranian officials in the past few days show that they are not willing to negotiate Iran’s defence potential and it’s missile programme. They have said that they will show serious reactions to any proposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guard by the United States.