|Iran is winning its strategic struggle with U.S.: Jalili||
TEHRAN – Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator and presidential candidate, Saeed Jalili, has said that efforts by the United States to hinder the country’s progress have failed and Iran is winning its strategic battle against the U.S.
Jalili, who is the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the remarks during an interview with the Christian Science Monitor in Istanbul, which was published on Tuesday.
“Whoever becomes a candidate for the office of the presidency, I believe should think that he’s the best man for the job,” Jalili said.
He added that he felt a “duty” to run, to “shoulder the responsibility” to perpetuate the ideals of the Islamic revolution that he says Iran still exemplifies.
Jalili expects that thawing U.S.-Iran relations will be difficult, given his own experience of the 1979 Islamic revolution, the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, and most recently the Western diplomatic effort to curb Iran’s nuclear program, which he calls “unbalanced.”
“Everything depends on the behavior that American administrations are going to show,” Jalili stated. “They themselves have come to realize that their policies have been wrong. And American candidates utter the slogan of ‘change’ when they are electioneering. But one has to wait and see if that change will ever come about, or not.”
“The fact that the Iranian nation is defending their rights makes [the U.S.] hopeless. Today they are witnessing Iran’s eye-catching progress, thanks to [Iranian] resistance,” Jalili said at a recent press conference.
“The U.S. should tell the world what it wants to do: to continue to confront free nations, or support dictators?”
“The Islamic revolution has shaped my thinking, and now we know that a nation can defend its rights, and can make progress, despite what certain powers like America would like to see,” Jalili told the Monitor. “America wanted the Shah to stay in power, but the Iranian people refused, and the Iranian people imposed their own will over [America’s].”
In the 1980s, Washington backed Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, and “insisted that Saddam should be the victor of the Iran-Iraq war. I ask you: Where is Saddam right now?” asks Jalili. (The Iraqi leader was toppled by the U.S. invasion of 2003 and hanged in 2006.)
Jalili cites Egypt’s decision to sign the U.S.-brokered Camp David accord with Israel in 1979 – after which it became a close ally of the U.S. and was showered with money – while Iran became an enemy targeted by sanctions.
“For 30 years the Americans provided the highest level of support and friendship to Egypt, and the most enmity was shown towards Iran,” Jalili said, noting Mr. Mubarak’s overthrow in a popular revolt in 2011.
Quoting an Egyptian scholar, Jalili says: “The result is that today the Iranians are sending satellites into space, and we can’t even provide for the daily bread of our people.”
“Even after the end of the war, the Americans continued to work to prevent the growth and the development of that idea, in different fields and different settings,” says Jalili.
But U.S. “efforts to stymie our scientific progress” have failed, as have sanctions. “Nevertheless, people of my generation continue to feel that responsibility, because of that call to duty.”
The result, says Jalili, is that “Iran has managed to break the imposing stature of America.”
“We fully believe that this idea [of Iran’s revolution] has every potential to help different peoples to prevail over those clubs of power and wealth, and can bring happiness, prosperity, and welfare for different societies,” Jalili stated.
“This feeling of responsibility was not limited to the war…. Everyone came together to help push this idea forward, and help it blossom,” Jalili told the Monitor. “I’m very pleased to say that in all fields, such selfless devotion and service has paid off. We have become very successful.”
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