With a Nov. 24th deadline looming on the nuclear talks between Iran and P5+1, the stakes for a nuclear deal could not have been any higher for President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. Since his election as President in June 2013, he has raised popular expectations that the nuclear dispute will be resolved and normalcy will return to Iran. Although Iranians have seen some improvement, hardliners in the parliament have blocked his programs, and his nuclear initiative is his only savior. However, the nuclear issue and the dispute with the United States is so embedded into the fractured domestic politics of Iran that Rouhani has to navigate the dangerous waters of factional politics very carefully
The Nation magazine provides an interesting picture of that explains why hardliners in the United States are winning the Iran debate..Because they’re doing all the talking.
“Nearly eight months after President Hassan Rouhani’s surprise election victory, in which the centrist cleric trounced influential conservative candidates, Iran’s hardliners are behaving as if they never lost.”
In an exclusive Time magazine interview, the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif talks about Iranian hardliners who “believe the West and particularly the United States are not sincere, are not interested about reaching an agreement.” In the United States, hawkish senators like Marco Rubio (R-FL), express the same skepticism. It seems that hardliners in Tehran and Washington are mirror image of each other. However, the hardliners in Washington know that they can sabotage the interim nuclear deal with Iran if they enact more sanctions. In contrast, as long as the Iranian Supreme Leader supports the agreement, it is doubtful if hardliners can do anything except their vocal opposition to the deal.