Why Iran is “Not Afraid” of America’s “Zero-Sum Game” Regarding Nuclear Talks

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The annual Munich Security Conference (MSC) went down as scheduled Tuesday (October 29) in Doha, Qatar.

In the Qatari capital, world leaders and high-ranking government dignitaries from all over the globe gathered to discuss ways to de-escalate conflict in the Middle East. The MSC’s Doha Core Group Meeting featured leaders from Germany, as well as top officials representing a number of nations in the Arab League.

Nobel laureate Tawakkol Karman was among the high-profile public figures on deck in Doha at the MSC as well. One of the issues that were discussed at the Doha Core Group Meeting were the global talks that have been associated with Iran’s nuclear program. Mohammed Zarif (pictured), Iran’s Foreign Minister, was also in attendance.

Zarif offered some strong words for the U.S. government regarding his nation’s stance when it comes to ongoing U.S. actions and demands. The U.S. Trump Administration abandoned support for a 2015 nuclear pact with Iran, which was endorsed by Trump’s presidential predecessor and many other nations around the world.

“[Iran is] not afraid of deals or meetings. [Every sovereign governor in the world] is required to live up to their own commitments. The survival of any agreement depends on each party gaining something from it. [The U.S. excluding Iran] from any regional arrangement – whether in Syria, Afghanistan or Yemen – will just not work,” Zarif said.

The Iranian Foreign Minister also stated that U.S. sanctions have “failed” at the MSC event inside the Qatar National Museum. The average taxpaying U.S. citizen may not understand what Zarif is suggesting or why. Republican leaders in the U.S. Congress chastised the Obama Administration-backed Iran nuclear deal in 2015.

Many Republican supporters in the U.S. media (as well as establishment insiders of other sorts) said that the 2015 deal gave Iran too much and the U.S. too little. However, when it came to Republican lawmakers organizing solidarity to block the Iran proposal, they could not get on one accord and collectively deliver the votes.

Meanwhile, the Trump Administration’s sanctions have not hurt anyone in Iran but the most poor and vulnerable. They have nothing to do with the powerful, oil-based, and Russia-backed scare tactics used by the Mullahs ruling Tehran. They are the ones with the money and muscle to destroy all U.S. attempts to establish a hegemony in the Middle East.

However, I believe that Trump’s biggest supporters see no distinction between Tehran’s powerful Mullahs and the vulnerable Iranians who are oppressed by their government’s hardliners.