TEHRAN – American Professor Arthur I. Cyr says the policy that the chief U.S. diplomat has taken toward Iran is similar to the one that President Richard Nixon adopted toward China which “mitigated the strategic consequences of the U.S. defeat in Vietnam.”
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, along with the foreign ministers of Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia, held direct talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Geneva, a dialogue that produced the interim nuclear deal which proved as a historic event. With the advance of ISIL terrorists in Iraq in recent weeks, Kerry has also signaled Washington’s willingness to cooperate with Iran to counter ISIL.
“Secretary of State John Kerry is demonstrating impressive commitment to an exceptionally difficult job, immersing himself in the details of diplomacy,” Cyr told the Mehr news agency.
“President Richard Nixon had comparable commitment. His rapprochement with China was a great historic achievement, and mitigated the strategic consequences of the U.S. defeat in Vietnam,” Cyre, a professor of political economy, stated.
In 1972 Nixon took a dramatic first step toward normalizing relations with the communist People's Republic of China (PRC) by traveling to Beijing for a week of talks. Nixon's historic visit began the slow process of the re-establishing diplomatic relations between the United States and communist China.
No permanent friends or allies
On 35 years of animosity between Iran and the United States, Cyre said, “This is a good time to quote the famous statement by Lord Palmerston: ‘Nations have no permanent friends or allies, they only have permanent interests’."
Cyr, the former vice president of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, said Tehran and Washington share common “interests” in the Middle East region.
“Iran and the U.S. have interests that may draw them together - but that does not guarantee or even necessarily further cooperation,” he explained.
He added, “An essential condition is good faith by Tehran in implementing the nuclear agreement.”