Iran’s defending its interests using two hands

The latest decision by the United States government to authorize European aerospace group Airbus to sell products to Iran has a double meaning. First, Europe has no sovereignty and too many of its strategic decisions appear to be taken in Washington DC rather than in Brussels or in any other European capital. Iran seems to know it well and defends its interests accordingly. Second, despite political noise generated by the presidential election in the US, the normalization process started with the Nuclear Deal signed in July 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group is ongoing.

Given that both Democratic and Republican nominees have been trying to garner some votes on the promise that they’d question the Deal once elected to the White House, Iran has led a twofold policy in order to weigh and convey the most effective message in order to not spoil the normalization process.

On the one hand, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has urged Iranian political figures to avert polarity in society after rumors began spreading that former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would run for presidency in the 2017 election. On the other hand, while insisting on the “defensive character” of its stances, the Iranian government keeps reminding the West, especially the US, that it is fully prepared to respond to any threat. Iran has “enemies who are making round-the-clock attempts,” said Amir Ali Hajizadeh, a General with the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).