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US vs Iran: The Altering Dynamics in Global Scene

Updated: Jun 24, 2023



In its attempts to develop a friendship with Iran, the United States has encountered numerous difficulties. While the US has struggled to engage Iran diplomatically, other nations have had much easier times doing so.


Iran's purported pursuit of a nuclear weapon has been one of the main barriers to friendly relations between the US and Iran. Iran does not yet have nuclear weapons in its possession, according to the most recent US Nuclear Posture Review, which was published in October 2022.


The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement was negotiated by the US and Iran in an effort to overcome this barrier, with Iran faithfully upholding its promises as confirmed by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The US illegally exiting the accord was the act of betrayal that caused the bilateral relations to deteriorate.


Other nations have shown a readiness to make friends with Iran, helping it to escape isolation, in contrast to Washington's efforts to isolate Iran through a web of sanctions. Iran has major alliances with China, Venezuela, and Russia on a global scale. Bypassing the US financial system, Iran and Russia have begun settling commerce in their respective national currencies.


In addition, China and Iran have agreed to a $400 billion long-term strategic and economic alliance. Furthermore, an extensive cooperation agreement involving a range of fields, including oil, defence, agriculture, and tourism, has been reached between Iran and Venezuela.


Iran has also applied to join the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and the BRICS in an effort to improve its standing internationally. Iran has access to high-level connections and economic collaboration with about half of the world's population, including powerful countries like China, India, and Russia. These events demonstrate Iran's ability to build beneficial ties and break out of international isolation.


Saudi Arabia is a key player in the US's anti-Iran coalition, which it has long wanted to build in the region. Regional powers are, however, drifting away from US demands and towards forging agreements with Iran on a more frequent basis.


Iran's longtime foe Saudi Arabia has agreed to reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies and posts after realising the need for direct dialogue with Iran, mediated by China. This historic development not only reasserts Iran's position in the regional community but also in the global community.


Other regional nations have also taken action to improve their ties with Iran, including Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. A dramatic movement away from the US-led anti-Iran coalition is indicated by the return of ambassadors and diplomatic negotiations that point to a willingness to normalise relations with Iran.


These changes are a reflection of the altering dynamics in the global scene as well as the US's declining influence in matters relating to Iran.


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