Iranian permanent representative to the UN Majid Takht-e-Ravanchi published an opinion piece in the Washington Post, in which he detailed the hardships Tehran faces when dealing with the US.
According to Takht-e-Ravanchi, Trump is being driven to a confrontation with Iran by a number of people, both inside the US Government and in the Middle East. The representative argues that “contrary to the views of his close associates,” President Trump doesn’t seem to genuinely want a war with Iran. However, US policy towards Iran is inconsistent and controversial, he pointed out, adding that the US can’t decide between threats and calls for dialogue.
First, the representative writes, one cannot hope for diplomatic success when combining talks with “intimidation, coercion and sanctions.” According to Takht-e-Ravanchi, genuine dialogue is only possible “if both sides accept the principle of mutual respect and act on equal footing.” Read more