Will Khamenei Compromise?

Not as long as he rules supreme


Will Khamenei Compromise?
by Alireza Nader

Iran’s announcement that it is willing to return to negotiations over its nuclear program this month [April 2012] is encouraging but the question remains: Will it be amenable to or even capable of compromising?

The Iranian economy has no doubt been damaged by recent sanctions against Iran’s Central Bank and will be more so by an upcoming European embargo of Iranian oil. Recent political developments in Iran may also facilitate engagement by the Islamic Republic with the United States and its partners. There have been small signs that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may now be better able to make concessions on the nuclear program than in the past.

But Khamenei’s worldview and narrow political interests suggest that he may not be willing to make the sort of concessions that will satisfy the United States and its anxious ally, Israel.

Khamenei’s consolidation of power and the weakening of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after the March 2012 parliamentary elections have streamlined Iran’s nuclear decision-making. Iran’s failure to reach an agreement on the nuclear-fuel swap deal in 2009 stemmed in part from post-election chaos following the disputed re-election of Ahmadinejad; Ahmadinejad’s efforts to reach a deal with the P5+1 — the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany — were vigorously and successfully attacked from both the right and left of the Iranian political spectrum.

Ahmadinejad, whose term ends in 2013, is no longer a key player in Iranian politics. The opposition Green Movement and reformist leadership has also been largely silenced and sidelined.

Khamenei, having temporarily defeated his opponents, may now be more confident in engaging the P5+1 from a position of strength. He recently commended US President Barack Obama for his emphasis on diplomacy, not war, to resolve the nuclear crisis.

Khamenei has also extended Ayatollah Ali Hashemi Rafsanjani’s term as the head of the Expediency Council, a body meant to advise the Supreme Leader on matters of state. Rafsanjani, a former Iranian president, is considered to be less ideological and more pragmatic on foreign-policy issues, including the nuclear program.

At the same time, the Supreme Leader perceives the nuclear program to be part of a broader conflict between the United States — which he calls “the global arrogance” — and the Islamic Republic, which he claims has resisted US domination “like a lion.” Khamenei is well aware of the costs and dangers of sanctions against Iran, but he also believes that Iran can withstand sanctions while promoting self-sufficiency.

Khamenei has also indicated that Iran will meet pressure with pressure. Additional sanctions, he has suggested, will only spur further advances in the nuclear program.

For Khamenei, increasing US and Israeli concerns regarding the nuclear program may enhance its value as a deterrent and point of leverage in Iran’s conflict with the United States, making the nuclear program is a major tool to be used against the United States, rather than a prize to be bargained away.

The Supreme Leader’s attitude may leave some room for compromise. But it is the United States and its allies that are expected to concede what he seeks: an end to the long conflict with the West on the Islamic Republic’s terms. This translates into recognition of Khamenei’s regime as the legitimate government of Iran and acceptance of its role as the premier power in the Persian Gulf.

Khamenei appears to believe that time is on his side — that what he calls the “Islamic awakenings” across the Arab world will shake off America’s power while the Islamic Republic stands strong in the face of pressure.

Thus, the US goal of reaching a compromise that entails acceptance of limited uranium enrichment by Iran in return for more intrusive inspections is unlikely to be achieved.

Khamenei may engage the P5+1 on the nuclear program for short-term advantages to ease the international pressure on Iran. But he will not give up Iran’s nuclear-weapons capability. The Iranian nuclear program is too deeply embedded in the regime’s strategic conflict with the United States — a conflict which is not likely to be solved as long as Khamenei rules supreme.

First published in  al-monitor.

Alireza Nader, co-author of Coping with a Nuclearizing Iran (RAND, 2011), is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution that seeks to improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis.




by ShirOjan on

The ZionWest's Iran nuke issue is, in it's entirety, A RED HERRING, an excuse to deprive Iranians of OUR SOVEREIGNTY, OF OUR DETERENT DEFENSIVE CAPABILITIES and OUR HISTORICALPREEMINENCE in the vital geo-strategic, resource rich and PIVOTAL region of Eurasia, the gateway for the ZionWest to control and defeat any would be emerging rivals, China, Russia or any group of nations like the BRICS and particularly the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) whose military/security pact, and Iran's de-facto membership in it, is seriously threatening the Unholly Alliance of Anglo-American/ Zionist/ Free Mason/etc. multi-century dream and plans for the New World Order and the One World Government. Therefore, as this is critical part of their GRAND PRIZE PLAN, no matter what kind of INDEPENDENT REGIME, whether it be a monachy or a theocracy or even a ZionWest's style of DEMOCKRACY cannot be tolerated by them. The IRANIAN INDEPENDENCE, SOVEREIGNTY and NATIONALISM must be DEMONIZED and attacked and CRUSHED using any and all phony pretexts. PERIOD! But, theirs are God given through the "Chosen People" which we better accept, submit to and obey; otherwise THEIR LAW OF JUNGLE -The Might is Right- will exact untold atrocities against us as it has against less fortunate and less powerful nations in the neighborhood. Note the key words all of these Zion-Controlled Western governments' PUPPET officials and analysts use: "the intrusive inspections" which is another arrogant euphemism for violating our national sovereignty by going on a wild goose chase into every nook and cranny of all the military bases, universities, research labs, workshops, private companies, etc. by their "inspectors" (read Zionist bribed spies) for the purported aim of "proving!" a negative, a void, a nothingness but in reality for an interminable accurate target acquisition, as in IRAQ, for the eventual bombing and annihilation. They KNOW BEFORE HAND they wont find any "smoking gun" on even any conceptual plan for the nuke weapons. Period! However, their real goal is to locate their nightmare scenario weapons: Iran's increasingly accurate Multiple Independently targetable Re-entry Vehicle, or MIRV, Mach 5 Ballistic missiles with the conventional payloads against which they have no reliable defense even with the help of the the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense system U.S. has berthed near Tel Aviv and of course their U.S. funded Iron Dome anti-missile defense system with only 85% efficiency against those crude, home made rockets from Gaza which is an absolutely useless and a  joke. So, until they destroy these missiles in the underground silos and their production factories in Iran they wont dare attacking anything in IRAN. This IS the so-called "EXISTENTIAL THREAT" that Bibi, Ehud and their minion in the West supposedly over which are losing much sleep . They PROJECT their own EVIL aggressive PREEMPTIVE intentions, as these tribes always do, and worry senselessly about: what if those Iranians decide to PREEMPT OUR PREEMTIVE PLANS and hit us first. Then goodby Dimona, Tel Aviv = GOODRIDDENCE ISRAHELL! In fact, if those crazies make a paranoid, stupid attempt at their "preemption", the multiple powerful  stealth radar stations the Iranians  as well as Russians have installed around that tiny entity will  prompt an immediate PREEMPTION OF PREEMPTION based on the military doctrine of USE IT OR LOOSE IT! Thus, Bibi's self-fulfilling prophecy will be realized. So Bibi, just go ahead and preempt and make our day!



by hass on

BALONEY! Iran has repeatedly tried to compromise with the US and has made all sorts of offers that were totally ignored, and it has been the US that insists that Iran must give up a sovereign right.