Tehran (GPA) – Iran’s influence is growing, regardless of the steps the US is taking although the EU will follow Washington according to Tehran Times editor Mohammad Ghaderi.
An interview conducted by contributor Damir Nazarov.
Damir: How effective do you think the American policy of sanctions has been on Iran? Would you say it is having any success?
Mohammad Ghaderi: Definitely not. Of course, we need to examine this issue at two levels: the first level of short impact and the second-level of lasting impact. Accordingly, there may be pressures on the people and the Iranian regime during a period of time, but ultimately what would have been the main purpose of the United States sanctions will not be met. The reason for this is clear: America has been hostile to the Iranian nation for 40 years, but the Islamic Republic of Iran has been getting stronger and the voice of the Islamic Revolution has gained more influence in the world’s public opinion every day.
DN: Is the European Union independent in dialogue with Iran or are they constrained by Washington?
MG: The answer to this question is also clear: definitely not. Of course, the important point that should be clarified here is: [is it that] Europe can’t be independent or [are they] unwilling? In my opinion, some European countries want independence from the United States, but they can’t, since they have accepted America’s hegemony for many years, and everything has become American. The other European countries essentially do not want to be independent of the United States. As far as negotiations with Iran are concerned, in my opinion, the EU can’t decide independently of Washington, because of the widespread influence of the United States on the infrastructure of decision-making in Europe and because of their high-level political and economic relations. Of course, it should be noted that Europe is losing ground because the United States, in particular, Donald Trump, don’t want a single powerful Europe, but rather a collapse of a single Europe, in order to be able to assert itself as the only supreme power in the world.
DN: Western propaganda every day sends messages about the “China threat” but no proof about Chinese expansion. What do you think about that?
MG: This is natural, since the United States, like [like they see] the Islamic Revolution of Iran as its ideological enemy, sees China as its commercial and political enemy. In other words, the United States wants to be the premier hegemon in the world and does not endure any competitor to achieve this goal. So, with negative propaganda, it tries to convey a bad image of its competitors to the world’s public opinion, similar to what it used to be about communism.
DN: Iran and Russia have cooperated heavily in Syria. Do you think this cooperation will continue to play out in other areas?
MG: Yes, Sure. I think that Russia and Iran can have strategic partnerships for many reasons. I mean, there are a lot of points of contact between the two countries that can provide the basis for these partnerships, so some issues should not preclude such cooperation. The example of cooperation in Syria is good evidence that the two countries together can play a very effective role in international developments and prevent Western interference.
This piece was submitted by a Geopolitics Alert contributor and may not reflect the positions of the editors.
Damir Nazarov is a Geopolitics Alert contributor based in Russia.