For now, Iran is in the driver’s seat and can choose to keep its destiny in its own hands or give into forces antagonistic to Iranian interests in a Trumpean environment. Now that the U.S. election is over and we have a new unknown as the president-elect, Iran can decide whether to reach out to Donald Trump, perhaps through private channels, or take a wait and see attitude and hope for the best.
Among the issues he will confront is whether to continue U.S. compliance with Obama’s chief foreign policy legacy: the landmark nuclear agreement reached with Iran last year.
With the help of his supporters within the Majles, all three nominees won votes of confidence and are now ministers at least until new presidential elections scheduled for May 19, 2017.
علی هاشمی، رئیس کمیته مستقل مبارزه با مواد مخدر دبیرخانه مجمع تشخیص مصلحت نظام، اخیراً در گفتگویی با خبرگزاری ایسنا در مورد آمار بیکاری در کشور، گفت که درصد واقعی بیکاری در برخی شهرها به نزدیک ۸۰ می رسد. اخباری این چنین، رکودی که در بازارهایی چون بازار مسکن ایران به چشم می خورد، و گلایه هایی که مردم عادی از وضع اقتصاد دارند، سبب نگرانی عده ای درباب شرایط اقتصادی «پس از برجام» ایران شده است.
“The real rate of unemployment reaches 80% in some Iranian cities,” was the headline, a quote from the chief of an anti-narcotics commission working for a government body known as the Expediency Council.
U.S. officials assert that they have done everything required by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to implement sanctions relief in return for Iranian curbs on the nuclear program.
But it would be foolhardy to discount the possibility of a victory by the conservative camp, which remains deeply entrenched in the power structure of the Islamic Republic in organizations such as the Iran Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the large paramilitary Basij militia, the police forces, the Guardian Council and the judicial system.
In a carefully calibrated performance, Rouhani checked the boxes for his briefest visit to the UN General Assembly since he became Iran’s president in 2013.
Spending only two days in New York, he met with Muslim American leaders, held bilateral talks with key European counterparts and the president of Turkey, attended an off-record session with American think tankers and other Iran experts, gave the obligatory speech to the United Nations and conducted a press conference that broke no new ground.