Entrusting Iranian Nuclear Diplomacy to Foreign Minister
Question posed by Kelly Golnoush
Tehran Bureau Magazine
September 8, 2013 (16/06/1392
Thank you so much for accepting our
invitation. This is an honor. After weeks of spreading a rumor which Hassan Rouhani’s
administration is deciding to entrust the Iranian nuclear diplomacy directly to
foreign minister, it is finally happened.
What is your analysis about it, would you consider it as a large change
in Iranian policy toward negotiation with 5+1 group? Would you find it as a
good signal from Iran? What is the role of Iranian Supreme leader on such
Up to now, the nuclear dispute has
been managed by National Security Council in which hardliners have had
majority. The members of NSC besides the President and Foreign Minister and a
couple of other cabinet members, include Parliament president, heads of
Judiciary, Revolutionary Guards, Army, and Chief of all armed forces, plus the Information
Minister. Non-cabinet members wield a lot of influence, but come short in
understanding diplomacy and long-term vision.
Rouhani was selected to be elected in order to resolve the nuclear crisis
and the problem of international sanctions; which, couples with extreme
mismanagement has left the economy in ruins and the country on the brink of
war. The National Security Council, whose members have been instrumental in
creating the crisis, was not fit for crisis management. The new foreign
minister, the first to be respected internationally in three decades, and a quick
decision-making process between him and the President, was the only workable
way to tackle the crippling nuclear crisis.
I believe we will be witness a U-turn in IRI foreign diplomacy from
hardheadedness and stupidity to some sort of wisdom. This turnabout of course
is a good sign and we hope it will bear positive results provided the 5+1 also
approach the upcoming negotiations with intent to resolve the crisis. I believe
the “Supreme Leader” is taking the back seat on this process, because it is a
do or die proposition.