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State-run media quarrel over the future of Iran nuclear deal

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), remains in limbo
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), remains in limbo

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

Iran, October 3, 2019 —Most Iranian state-run newspapers on Monday, September 30, committed their important pieces to the controversies over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran nuclear deal. Furthermore, the remarks of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani about Iran’s meddling in Lebanon was also among the noteworthy news of the day.

The Keyhan newspaper, known as the official mouthpiece of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, wrote: “The government is proposing the idea of ‘more for more’, while this policy will practically lead to more concessions to the West and more damages to the country.”

“When [U.S. President Donald] Trump exited the JCPOA, [Iranian regime President] Hassan Rouhani said that the pain in the neck is gone and we will continue the JCPOA with the 4+1 [countries]. Now, how can it be that the reemergence of the pain in the neck turns out to be an important step?” the piece asked.

The Iran newspaper on the other hand, being the government’s official mouthpiece, wrote in response while shedding light into the regime’s escalating internal disputes: “In New York, important steps have been taken to launch the P5+1 meeting,” referring to JCPOA signatories, being four of the United Nations Security Council permanent members plus Germany, alongside the United States which is now no longer part of the deal.

Trying to raise the morale of the Iranian regime’s desperate base and forces, the Iran piece further wrote: “’All aspects of the [Iranian] regime support small changes in the JCPOA. This is what [Rouhani] and the Foreign Ministry spokesperson have been saying and what is seen in the media over the past few days. This is in line with insider reports and shows that there are special efforts being made to have the U.S. return to the JCPOA and participate in a meeting with Iran other JCPOA signatories.”

The Arman newspaper wrote about the JCPOA: “It appears that following the efforts made in New York to mediate a meeting between the heads of the [JCPOA signatories], Mr. Rouhani’s statement about such talks indicate that a framework is being structured for these negotiations. Chances are high that these negotiations will be at the foreign minister level.”

On another subject, the Arman newspaper expressed concern over a recent measure by the U.S. in regards to temporarily transferring its Air Force command center from Qatar to mainland United States. “If we suppose that the U.S.  just wants to move its major and crucial equipment from Qatar to its mainland, then we should expect the dangerous consequences of this decision. This could mean that there will be war in the region and the Americans want to be out of range. Leaving the Al Udeid Air Base in full has no good message in terms of military prospects and can send meaningful signals.”