(Persia Digest) - A former Iranian diplomat believes: “Trump is attempting to bring Tehran to the negotiating table for new talks by underlining that they have never lost a negotiation to turn this into a campaign for his re-election.”
US President, Donald Trump, tweeted earlier: “Just remember, the Iranians never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”
What does he mean?
Former Iranian Ambassador to Italy and Afghanistan, Abolfazl Zohrehvand, told Persia Digest (PD) in an interview: “In my opinion, Trump is trying to bring Iran to the negotiating table with such remarks because he needs to talk. Therefore, he is saying that the IR of Iran has never lost a negotiation.”
He added: “Trump wants to start talks by claiming that it is in the interest of Iran to do so. This is what his latest tweet is implying.”
Speaking about Trump’s claim that Iran has never won a war, the former diplomat said: “This claim is not compatible with reality. Iran has the upper hand in the region, in its fight with proxy terrorism (Daesh), and the drone and tanker wars.”
Zohrehvand reiterated: “Given these issues, Trump wants to persuade the Iranians to re-enter negotiations by changing the truth. Considering that the 2020 elections are near and Trump has been unsuccessful in his dealings with N Korea and the trade war with China, this can be a presentable path to the American people.”
Zohrehvand added: “Under the circumstances, the best path for Iran is to avoid talks with the US, because it will bear no results. Restarting talks in Trump’s style is handing him an opportunity for his victory.”