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US striving to force Iran to quit JCPOA: Professor

Tehran, An Iranian analyst believes that the United States is trying to force Iran to withdraw from the nuclear deal to go on its illegal measures.

The former head of the University of South Alabama's Faculty of Political and Criminal Affairs, Nader Entesar, noted that 'America's goal is to force Tehran to exit Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), so that other countries cannot even express their support even in the words and the United States will be able to provide legal cover for its illegal actions.'

On Friday, in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Entesar, referring to the announcement that the United States has not extended its oil exemptions for eight countries from importing Iranian oil while the Saudi Arabia and the UEA have voiced readiness to compensate for our country's oil, underlined that in the current situation Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates can only compensate for some of Iran's sanctioned oil.

** S. Arabia, UAE aim to topple Iranian regime along with US

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates could, in the best of terms, compensate for half of Iran's oil exports and bring Iran's oil exports to 400,000 or 500,000 barrels per day. Of course, this will not bring Iran's oil exports to zero', the Iranian professor went on to say.

The main purpose of them is to weaken Iran as a nation in the region and overthrow the Iranian regime and replace it with a government that follows US policies and its partners,' said the expert on Middle East affairs about Saudi Arabia's and the UAE's goals of supporting America against Iran.

He added that Riyadh and Abu Dhabi were trying to create a military confrontation between Washington and Tehran. For some time now, the SaudiIsraeli axis is trying to put the United States in a military confrontation with Iran.

They conclude that the Trump government and its main neocon players have created the best opportunity for their antiIranian policies. They make a lot of effort to make their imagination as a powerhouse in western Asia come true as soon as possible.

** Many Arab, Islamic countries do not want hostility with Iran

Professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of South Alabama, in response to the question that to what extend Saudi Arabia and the UAE are able to bring other Arab and Islamic countries to confront Iran?, noted that the most important weapon of the two countries is their financial strength. Many Arab and Islamic countries do not want to be hostile to Iran, but these countries need a lot of investment and financial assistance.

Entesar also said about Iran's approach to counter the recent US action, For many years, Iran has been talking about creating a nonoil economy, but unfortunately Iran's economy is still dependant on oil. Iran should seriously, not in word, seek a nonoil economy and use the resources of the country, especially its human resources, to change the country's oil economy forever. Of course, this is not something that can be done overnight, but everything should start from zero and then go forward.

** Main goal of Trump's government players to change Iran's system

On the possibility of Iran closing the Strait of Hormuz, the analyst also expressed that 'given the many dangers that the closure of the Strait of Hormuz will cause, Iran will not do so under current conditions. If conditions are created where Iran cannot export oil or Iran's oil exports are blocked, Iran has no choice but to close the Strait of Hormuz.

To what extend Tehran by accepting direct talks with Washington can make situations in its favor?, the professor made the remark that the main goal of the Trump government's players is to change Iran's system. People like Pompeo and Bolton repeat this goal almost every day in different languages.

Expressing that Washington's goal is to force Tehran to succumb to all White House demands, Entesar highlighted, 'The United States will give little concessions to the Iranian negotiators, but the main purpose of this negotiation is zero sum game that is to say, Iran to surrender to the demands of the United States,'.

In response to the question whether these attempts are designed to force Iran to exit JCPOA, he elaborated that Iran is the only country that has remained loyal to the provisions of the JCPOA; the United States has officially withdrawn, and other signatory states only in the words are supporting the agreement, but in practice they have abandoned their obligations.

On the silence of Europeans, along with Russia and China regarding US recent decision, the Iranian expert said that the reason for the silence of Europeans, Russia and China is their inability, and that they do not want to sacrifice their relationship with the United States for their relationship with Iran. Moreover, these countries do not know what the next the US step is, that is, they do not want to take action to confront the United States.

In response to the question of whether withdrawal of JCPOA can work for Iran? ', he concluded that If you mean that Iran by exiting of the JCPOA can force the Europeans or China and Russia to stand up to the US, it will not happen, but the message that Iran's withdrawal from the nuclear deal is conveying to other countries is that playing with Iran, and ignoring Iran's interests have consequences, and they should not expect Iran not to react against undermining its national interests.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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