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What Happened: Iran rejected US President Donald Trump’s call to renegotiate a better nuclear deal, describing the offer as “nothing but political showboating”, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported. “The U.S. government knows what to do to achieve any successful diplomacy with Iran,” Ali Rabiei, spokesman for Iran’s government, said in a televised news conference. “They have to rebuild everything they have destroyed unilaterally.” The US yesterday released Iranian-American Doctor Majid Taheri, who was accused of violating US sanctions and financial reporting requirements, as part of a prisoner swap, after Tehran released a US Navy veteran last week.

Analysis: President Trump who is facing massive criticism at home due to his handling of corona pandemic and ongoing protests is facing decline in his approval rating. This might mean that he will not be winning November elections. Amid huge uncertainty on Trump’s political future, Iran is playing the wait game. If Trump wins, Iran may use existing backdoor channels to renegotiate nuclear deal with him and deescalate tensions. Otherwise, it will be much easier for Iran to strike a deal with Biden whose stint as Vice President saw the signing of JCPOA.


What Happened: The United States special envoy to Syria, James Jeffrey, announced on Sunday that Washington offered to get Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad out of his crisis. Jeffrey explained that the collapse of the Syrian pound’s value is in part due to the measures taken by the United States against the regime. “The Syrian pound’s collapse proves that Russia and Iran are no longer able to float the Assad regime while the regime itself is no longer able to manage an effective economic policy,” Jeffrey said, explaining that the Syrian regime is no longer able to launder its money in Lebanese banks which are suffering from a shortage of foreign reserve.

Analysis: US has been a staunch opponent of Assad regime and spent millions of dollars in training and arming anti-Assad forces in Syria. This offer has come as a surprise to observers who believe that this signals a u-turn in America’s Syria policy and acceptance of status-quo. It is also an acknowledgement of Assad’s military gains and inability of US allied groups in Syria to topple the regime. This development in turn will also facilitate the dialogue process to determine the political future of war-torn country.



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