This video describes the status of the negotiations on the JPCOA but is broader than that. It also demonstrates how the USA negotiates.
- 0:00 Intro
- 1:20 What has been achieved, why hasn’t there been a restoration of the nuclear deal yet?
- 9:02 US and Europe want to keep sanctions in place
- 16:36 Who is being constructive vs obstructing the talks?
- 20:25 Why should Iran even resume talks?
- 29:10 Does Iran see a difference between Trump and Biden?
- 32:29 Iranian liberals as extensions of the West
- 35:53 Is war between Iran and the US inevitable?
- 43:53 Consequences of the US Assassination of Qassem Suleimani
- 58:57 The Gulf States reevaluate their relationship with Iran
- 1:06:24 Iranian domestic politics under Raisi
I always find it a great pleasure to listen to Mohammad Marandi. He is cool, cautious, and considerate in his expression. When asked about the new government of Iran, he suggested the criterion for judgement was how well the poor were cared for. He does NOT like oligarchs, nor governments of or for oligarchs. I find this commendable on both scores.
He explains, both simply and lucidly, why American war on Iran would be a disastrous mistake for the USA. Hopefully, Gulf states will also recognise the strength of these arguments and moderate their allegiance to the Empire. Ditching the petrodollar would be a good start.
Great interview by Rania Khalek! Mr. Marandi should be cloned and teach every university call in NA)))
Brilliant. Really appreciated that enlightening interview. Thank you for making it available. Good luck to Iran and West Asia.
“35:53 Is war between Iran and the US inevitable?”
In a word, yes. Historically any two countries with this level of animosity between them usually end up in a war. The only question is how and when the war starts.
Thanks for this video. As you mentioned, he discussed Raisi’s concern for the poorer elements of society. This was true of Ahmadinijad, who was very popular among the poorer classes. What I wanted to know, and did not hear, was Iranian commitment to abetting the extreme poverty in neighboring Afghanistan. Seeing how Iran has helped with the situations in Syria and Lebanon, other than militarily, I would have expected their charitable obligation to extend to Afghanistan. Maybe it is occurring, under the radar, and certainly not broadcast on the M$M.
Larry, I remember reports of many trucks from Iran entering Afghanistan during the Liberation.
Yes, and less we forget, the 3-5 million Afghani immigrants living in Iran, short, medium and long term.
Why should Iran,which is under sanctions and has had billions of dollars stolen by the USA, try to help Afghanistan, ruined by the USA which has done nothing to help it since the USA/NATO “withdrew”??? Russia, China and other neighbours of Afghanistan are helping.
I personally learned a lot from this very professional interview. This is outstanding journalism. I fully agree that waging a war with Iran would be an insane venture for the Nato allies and other Gulf nations as it will lead to incredible destructions and horrific collateral damages for the civilian populations.
It is interesting to learn about the JCPOA’s developments. Thank you.
Why aren’t China and Russia showing leadership and enforcing the earlier signed agreement terms only. The process reveals their weakness in crafting and enforcing agreements. NATO JCPOA members are united and helping each other to push stringent terms beyond the agreed ones. SCO members (China & Russia) aren’t showing unity nor leadership. China and Russia need to be screening the NATO members demands and resisting those beyond the scope of the signed agreement. In summary, China and Russia are letting their allies be abused and thereby weakening their strength and reputation.
Our world needs leaders to overcome the Empire’s hegemony. Without good leadership, guiding principles and actions, nothing much is achieved. Please share examples of great agreements and leadership from China and Russia.
Russia and China only respect UN sanctions — which they helped pass. There’s precious little both can do regarding EU sanctions because they aren’t the ones putting the sanctions on Iran. Ditto for US sanctions. Also, enforcing earlier agreement terms would mean Russia and China forcing Iran to reduce its enrichment programmme and its stockpile of enriched uranium which Iran accumulated after the US pulled out of JCPOA.
Russia and China have helped Iran in other ways. They’ve ignored US sanctions — the ones causing the real damage to Iran’s economy — and in fact increased trade with Iran.
But a more important development, to my mind, is that Iran is changing its paradigm. Many in Ebrahim Raisi’s government don’t like the JCPOA — they see it as pandering to the West. Iran now is looking increasingly towards the SCO to improve its economy, and to reduce its economic dependence on the West. Iran’s accession to full SCO membership, no doubt helped along by China and Russia — after 15 years as Observer — is a major step in that direction. There will come a point where Western sanctions will become moot as far as it’s concerned.
When professor Marandi is talking about ‘liberals’ he means ‘reformists’, where Iranian people hate them and in Iran and abroad among Iranians are known as TRAITORS and servant of imperialism and zionism, Rouhani is included. Iranian people voted for Raisii to kick the fifth column out.
Most of the targeted countries have a fifth column block where is called ‘reformists’ by the zionist media in the west. Iran fifth column is the biggest among them. China and Russia have them too, but Iran fifth column is the biggest and Iran should deal with them effectively.
If you monitor the Anglo-American/Zionist media and its allied vassal media around the world, they predictably try to divide the political groups in XYZ targeted nation into Hardliners vs Moderate Reformers.
These are the standard weasel-word descriptions that the West applies in order to promote the latter as reasonable, politically sensible interlocuters–whom the West can cut a deal with–while the former are unreasonable radical extremists.
In reality, Moderate Reformers are just a Goebellsian euphemism for potential pro-Western/American stooges, vassals, and traitors….
I could not agree more. Thankfully Russia’s newly amended constitution prohibits dual passport/citizens from holding high public office. These people always loyal to the second country not the one that they live in.
In the first Gulf war of 1991, the allied armies (27 of them) didn´t pursue Saddam´s fleeing army up to Baghdad & perform the regime change operation because they wanted, under the pressure of US arms dealers, to leave there their bogeyman for eventual arms sales to the Gulf states. The same policy is applied nowadays to bogeyman Iran for enhancing the West´s arms sales to the whole region. Hence, the war is not contemplated by the USA. Unless the “chosenite” masters decide otherwise.
Thank you for this informative interview.
Professor Miranda’s frustrations with the West’s utter duplicity with the JCPOA revival negotiations are understandable. However the entire JCPOA gambit was fatally flawed from the beginning in terms of the NPT because it sought to limit the Iran’s NPT guaranteed enrichment rights only because of Israel’s and the Wests fears that Iran may decide to build a nuclear weapons counter force capability that would neutralize Israel’s regional nuclear weapons monopoly estimated to be 200-400 nuclear weapons.
The JCPOA agreement effectively bastardized the intent of the NPT into a political weapon against signatory NPT member Iran for the sole security benefit of the regions only nuclear club member, Israel.
Israel’s NPT outlaw nuclear weapons arsenal monopoly indisputably threatens the security of not only Iran and all of Israel’s regional neighbors. The JCPOA agreement thus condemned Iran and all of Israel’s neighbors to permanently live in the shadow of Israel’s NPT outlaw regional nuclear weapons monopoly.
The elimination of JCPOA sanctions cannot solve the fatal flaw with the JCPOA agreement which is the continuing existence of Israel’s NPT highly destabilizing nuclear arsenal. Iran’s JCPOA negotiating team needs to make the elimination of the threat of Israel’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” nuclear weapons arsenal a nonnegotiable precondition for Iran to ever return to the JCPOA agreement.
The precondition must be that Israel first give up her NPT destabilizing nuclear weapons regional monopoly, the Israeli Knesset must formally ratify the NPT and endorse the Middle East Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty Initiative currently supported by all other ME nations but currently blocked by only Israel and the US.
This Iranian negotiating precondition would certainly backfoot the US Israel JCPOA negotiators and provide the Iranian JCPOA team the negotiating leverage to satisfactory resolve the JCPOA crisis in a manner which fully supports both the NPT and the world’s nuclear weapons proliferation concerns in the entire ME. Israel’s goal of retaining a permanent regional nuclear weapons monopoly security threat against her regional neighbors is no longer achievable
Good interview. A man respects people who know the discipline of the spine. Life is one, the image of the cheek lives on forever.
22 minute ….. look at the negotiations in Rambouillet for Kosovo – they deliberately give you conditions that you cannot accept. The colonial model of democracy and justice. 1% of the western 500 millions, fools the rest of the world. When conformist beings become human again, then would Western oppression end. Until then, rest of humanity is only buying a time for the enemy of man and God, under their rules masochisticly participate in maltreatment of themselves.