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Iran weighs in on new US foreign policy post election

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Iranian politicians’ reaction to Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections has chiefly focused on the potential impact of new US policies on the nuclear deal.

In reaction to the result of the US presidential election, President Hassan Rouhani said Nov. 9 that Iran’s policies do not change because of changes taking place in the leadership of other countries.

“Our foreign policy is based on constructive interaction with the world and lifting the international sanctions on Iran. This is an irreversible path, and [due to that] our economic relations with other countries have expanded,” Rouhani said.

Regarding Iran's nuclear deal with the world powers, Rouhani asserted that the agreement has been reflected in a UN Security Council Resolution and therefore is not a deal with a single country.

He also noted that Washington cannot continue spreading “Iranophobia” to win an international consensus against Iran.

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“America’s position in the international community and world’s public opinion has been weakened because of wrong policies,” Rouhani said, adding, “This situation could become worse if the rift between the US and the global community increases.”

“The result of the election, its impacts and the US domestic instability will remain for a long time,” added Rouhani.

In another related comment Nov. 9, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, argued that Donald Trump’s victory was “a sign of the distrust of the majority of Americans” in the country’s establishment.

He also stressed that the election result has no effect on Iran's policies in economic and security issues.

“Unlike certain regional countries, Iran’s independent policy has never been affected by the changes occurring in other governments,” said Shamkhani.

Far away from the capital of Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a Nov. 9 press conference in Romania that regardless of who becomes president and “according to international multilateral obligations, the US should fulfill its commitment to the nuclear deal.”

“This was the choice Americans made. But the president-elect should understand the reality of the world and our region, whoever the president is,” he added.

Meanwhile, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi also emphasized US obligations to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “Iran is ready for all developments,” Kamalvandi stated. “Iran will keep implementing the JCPOA. We have long-term plans,” he added.

Also reacting to the US election results, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi focused on the role of Americans in Middle East conflicts.

“The current instability in the Middle East, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea shows that the US government needs to reform and rethink its policies in the Middle East,” Ghasemi said.

“Iranians have bitter and unpleasant experiences [with] US policies,” he added. “More important than what the candidates said during their presidential campaigns are the next administration’s policies and the measures it will take."

Iranians’ reactions to the US election have spread quickly on social networks through serious and also sarcastic posts.

After Donald Trump’s Nov. 9 victory speech in New York City, the political deputy of Iran’s Presidential Office, Hamid Aboutalebi, tweeted, “The image that Trump displayed of himself in his victory speech as the president-elect was different from his image in the election campaign. This is a considerable point.”

Masuma Ibrahimi, an Iranian who lives abroad, said in a tweet, “Democracy defeated on the day that Sanders defeated, not now.”

Some other Iranians have compared Trump’s victory to former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory in 2005. A Twitter user called Samanta posted on her account, “For eight years I’ve been asked where [I was] from. I said Iran, and they said, ‘Oh, Ahmadinejad!?’ ... Now I can tell them, ‘Oh oh, Trump?’”

Mamadpori, another Iranian user, tweeted sarcastically, “ISIS claimed responsibility for Trump’s victory.”

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Changiz M. Varzi covers Iranian media for Al-Monitor.

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