Tehran Improves its Position vis-à-vis Talks with Washington
Game of Thrones - Smart Monitor No. 1
Author Alex Grinberg
The internal debate between Iranian conservatives and moderates over the nuclear deal may appear to be sharp and divisive. However, these disagreements are likely staged theatrics performed for the sake of the international community. Iran is bogged down under the yoke of sanctions. Despite this, Tehran is keeping up the facade and violating the nuclear deal, first and foremost in order to conduct negotiations with the US from a position of power. Recent developments in the country’s nuclear project have no other explanation except its designation for military use.
The Biden administration’s re-examination of the terrorist designation for Yemen’s Houthis has upset the regional balance of power. This move is a blow primarily to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. This is a warning sign for Israel, as news of the American decision was revealed at the same time of Iran’s deployment of UAVs in Yemen with a range capable of reaching Eilat.
An analysis of Iran’s stance on resuming negotiations with the US means a complete rejection of all the conditions imposed on Tehran by the Biden administration, particularly Washington’s new demands to expand the nuclear agreement to include provisions related to Iran’s regional policy and missile program.