TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said realpolitik has failed to bring about security for the region, calling on Persian Gulf states to adopt a more “realistic” and pragmatic policy instead.
“Realpolitik has failed miserably in providing security for anyone in the Persian Gulf. Let’s try more ‘realistic’ cooperation: the #HOPE initiative,” Zarif tweeted on Tuesday.
HOPE — an acronym for Hormuz Peace Endeavor — was unveiled by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at a September meeting of the UN General Assembly, where he invited all countries affected by tensions in the Persian Gulf region to join a coalition meant to enhance friendship and safeguard the region without relying on outsiders.
The tweet incorporated a video showing part of Zarif’s speech last week at the Doha Forum in Qatar, where he elaborated on HOPE.
During that speech, Zarif also warned against America’s military presence in the region, which he said has brought about disaster for regional countries and helped foment extremism.
The top diplomat emphasized, however, that the peace initiative needs collective efforts to materialize and said, “Like the nuclear accord, no good idea can be pursued by only one party.”
In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the JCPOA after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal (France, Britain, and Germany) have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.
The EU’s inaction forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments to the nuclear deal, including a rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.
Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the JCPOA but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.