Simultaneously with approving the general outline of the bill called “Reciprocal action against the designation of the IRGC as a terrorist organization by the US” at the Iranian Parliament, the Head of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Parliament, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, said there are no plans to close the Strait of Hormuz or militarize the country.
A former Iranian diplomat has said: “In the present circumstances, there is no hope that Iran’s foreign policy or diplomacy can continue its way forward without a paradigm shift; as such, there is nothing to negotiate and use the capacity of Takht-Ravanchi’s presence in New York for as long as this shift is not happening.”
The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) of Iraq (al-Hashd ash-Sha’abi) Commander who is in Khuzestan Province to help flood victims in southern Iran has said: “Despite Iraq’s extensive problems, we considered it our duty to help the people of Khuzestan with all our expertise to compensate for a small part of what Iranians have suffered for us.”
Responding to new claims by the French Ambassador to Washington regarding uranium enrichment in Iran under the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, the Iranian Foreign Minister reminded European countries: “No limitations were set for uranium enrichment in Iran.”
An expert of Pakistani affairs in Tehran commented on the ongoing tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia, saying: “Imran Khan is willing to help reduce existing tensions if possible; this will be one of the main topics to be discussed during his visit to Tehran.”
An Iranian university professor in Tehran has said: “The US decision to designate the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization will only prepare the grounds for the start of a military conflict between the two countries and add to the “possibility” of such an incident. Diplomatic moves and calming world public opinion would influence [Donald] Trump’s policies but would not necessarily have the power to change them.”
Former Iranian Ambassador to Libya says: “One of the reasons for protests by the Sudanese against Omar al-Bashir was his cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the crackdown on Yemen. Worried about a similar faith, Egypt’s al-Sisi has left the Arab NATO to prevent protests by Egyptians.”
The new Schiller album called “Morgenstund” which is fusion music recorded with Iranian musicians was released internationally in March this year. They have now started their tour in which Yalda Abbasi, Iranian woman musician, also plays the dotar.
A Russian affairs analyst in Iran believes: “The main addressees of Putin’s recent speech were Europe and the US. But, Russia will not take Iran’s side as tensions rise and, essentially, it is not in a position to help Iran.”
President Trump on Monday played down tensions with Iran, saying his administration currently has no signs of threatening actions by Tehran but that if that changes, the United States “will have no choice” but to respond forcefully.