Iran wants to ease tensions with the US under Joe Biden's presidency. "We don't want to start friendship, we just want to reduce unnecessary tension and hostility," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday in a video interview with the news portal Entekhab. A rapprochement with the USA after Biden took office is in the interest of the country. Party political considerations should not call this approximation into question. </p><div> <p>He knew Biden as a senator from his time as Iranian ambassador to the United Nations in New York (2002-2007) and had also met him personally. "Biden has been involved in American foreign policy since the 1970s and knows it far better than (US President Donald) Trump," said Zarif. In his opinion, there will be mistrust and differences between the two countries under Biden, but far less than under Trump.</p>
Zarif and President Hassan Rouhani hope that Biden will lead the US back to the 2015 Vienna nuclear deal and lift the sanctions against Iran. Trump not only got out of the nuclear deal in 2018, but had also imposed draconian sanctions on the Islamic Republic. This led to the oil-rich country’s worst economic crisis in the past two years. The corona pandemic over the past ten months has further exacerbated the crisis. The local currency, the rial, lost half of its value.
Observers agree that only negotiations with the new US president could lead Iran out of this crisis. On Friday, however, there was a fatal attack on the Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, for which Tehran blames “local mercenaries” of the US and Israel. The attack could lead to new tensions between Tehran and Washington and make negotiations with the Biden government more difficult. The hardliners in Iran are demanding vengeance and their mouthpiece, the daily newspaper “Kayhan”, even a military attack on the Israeli port city of Haifa.
Fakhrizadeh was meanwhile buried in the capital Tehran. Because of the corona crisis, only family members of the physicist and high-ranking generals were allowed to attend the funeral. “Our enemies know that no crime in Iran will go unanswered and unpunished,” said Defense Minister Amir Hatami in the funeral speech. The “terrorists” should also know that being martyred in Iran is an honor. The fatal attack will not stop the progress of the Iranian nuclear program, since Fakhrizadeh’s path will be continued “even more consistently” by Iranian scientists.
Quelle: What / Dpa </span> </div>