Zarif: Iran Will Negotiate If US Lifts All Sanctions
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad, Javad Zarif, told Germany’s Der Spiegel magazine on January 24 that the mullahs “won’t rule out negotiations with Washington, even after General Qassem Soleimani‘s assassination, if the US changes course and lifts sanctions”.
This is, of course, a ridiculous comment because the US has made it clear many times that it will not lift sanctions on Iran until a new, comprehensive deal on all of Iran’s malign behavior is reached.
That’s why Donald Trump tweeted in response, “No Thanks”!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2020
But Zarif’s comments were not only rejected by the US. They were also rejected by the Iranian regime, with those close to the faction of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei referring to Zarif as a traitor and demanding his impeachment.
This is unsurprising because, as the regime reaches its end, infighting between the rival factions has only increased, as they try to keep themselves in power that little bit longer. With the intense damage that has been done to the regime over the few months, because of the ongoing protests, it is no surprise that the mullahs are attacking each other. It just spells the end for the regime.
The latest crises for the regime began in November with the nationwide Iran protests over the tripling of fuel prices overnight. The regime launched a brutal crackdown, killing 1,500, wounding 4,000, and arresting 12,000.
In January, Iran lost its top terrorist, Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, in a US drone strike. (Iran had been firing on US bases in Iraq and this was retaliation.)
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) January 30, 2020
Then, after the regime fired more missiles at US bases in Iraq, it shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet that had just taken off from Tehran, supposedly mistaking it for an incoming missile. After three days of denials and blaming a mechanical fault, the regime admitted responsibility on January 11 and this caused further protests by the Iranian people.
Finally, European powers triggered the dispute mechanism over the regime’s non-compliance and continuous breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, which could lead to Iran getting sanctioned by the UN.
The regime is in deadlock and cannot be reunited. Zarif and his faction are not looking for peace, but a way out of the regime’s crisis. This will not work.
The Iranian Resistance wrote: “The people of Iran, however, have clearly ruled out these solutions by chanting “down with the dictator” and “Reformist, Hardliner, the game is over.” The Iranian people’s nationwide uprising has demonstrated their will to overthrow this dictatorship in its entirety.”