Iranian regime at a loss on post JCPOA era
After the Trump administration left the JCPOA, the Iranian regime, namely the president of the Islamic Republic, Rouhani, who considered the nuclear deal one of the main achievements of its administration, claimed that they would stay in the deal with or without the US.
Rouhani’s recent trip to Austria, which assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the second half of 2018, was an effort by Rouhani to fill in the gaping hole left by the US in the nuclear deal.
According to the state-run Jahan-e San’at Daily, “Austria and Switzerland were always considered to be gateways for Iran’s entrance into Europe”.
You’re probably wondering how the various factions inside Iran are taking all this.
Hamidreza Asefi, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during Khatami’s presidency said in an interview with the so-called moderate E’temad Daily that “Trump would love to negotiate with Iran”!
“The JCPOA does not solve more than 25% of our problems”, he added.
“Many of our economic problems stems from interior issues. Corruption, economic rent, incorrect economic structure, the fact that the country is centered around import, the inability of some managers in some positions, too much liquidity, lack of uniformity in economic views, and reactionary decisions which have all brought about today’s problems”, the former foreign affairs official added.
“We would have reached this point with Obama, be it a bit later than now”, Asefi added.
So even the “moderates” who were the ones who encouraged and supported talking to the West have lost all hope in a deal without Trump.