(Persia Digest) – An international relations analyst in Tehran believes: “The Fujairah incident was a good chance for the presidents of Iran and the US to establish contact, condemn the incident, and identify the perpetrators by launching an investigation.”
After four oil tankers were blown up in Fujairah Port, reactions by certain media outlets, and US and UAE officials indicate that the finger is pointed at Iran.
International relations analyst, Dr Mahdi Zakerian, told Persia Digest (PD) in an interview: “Such incidents must be carefully investigated before any comments can be made. Rushed remarks can lead to much damage for the countries in the region.”
He said the UN Secretary-General can play a significant role in preventing such damages, and added: “One of the duties of the UN Secretary-General is to attract the attention of the international community to cases where peace has been compromised. He must dispatch a special envoy to the Persian Gulf in coordination with regional countries to investigate and monitor such incidents.”
The university professor reiterated: “US withdrawal from the JCOPA and abrogating the UNSCR 2231 was illegal. There are certain radical groups who are capable of carrying out incidents such as what took place in Fujairah. Also, vigilante groups inside Iran can take actions which can inflict untold damage on the regional countries.”
He continued: “Therefore, this incident must be investigated carefully. If guidelines are set by a UN envoy, Iran can show it acts in harmony with the interests of the region and international community, and in line with the UN rather than the US as Trump expects.”
The analyst stated that a lack of such guidelines can damage regional countries, adding: “If a UN special envoy does not examine the issue impartially, we must expect tensions to increase in the region, as we have already witnessed divergences.”
Zakerian reiterated: “The Fujairah incident was a good chance for the presidents of Iran and the US to establish contact, condemn the incident, and identify the perpetrators by launching an investigation. But in Iran, crises are not turned into opportunity; instead, they are blown out of proportion in a repetitive scenario.”
Speaking about the increased presence of US troops in the Persian Gulf, Zakerian said: “My analysis is that these measures are aimed at maximum pressure to change the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran, not to reach talks. US leaders always look at the end result, not slogans. If they can’t reach their goal, they will change tactics and carry on. In contrast, the IR of Iran does not pay enough attention to results.”
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