Iran will join fight against ISIS if West lifts sanctions

AFP reports: Iran is ready to join international action against jihadists in Iraq provided the West lifts crippling sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.

His comments followed a call by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday for all countries in the region, including Iran, to join the fight against Islamic State (IS) fighters who have seized swathes of Iraq as well as neighbouring Syria.

“If we agree to do something in Iraq, the other side of the negotiations should do something in return,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Zarif as saying.

“All the sanctions that are related to Iran’s nuclear programme should be lifted,” he said.

It is the first time that Iran has explicitly linked its readiness to work with the West in Iraq with a lifting of the crippling EU and US sanctions imposed over its nuclear programme. [Continue reading…]

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  1. Robert

    Iran will fight ISIS if it is in its interest to do. That will not have a lot to do with Empire. For the last number of months Empire and Iran have been renegotiating their relationship. Maybe one percent of it is about nuclear. That is mostly a media joke.

    The negotiations are really about how Iran is going to relate to Cold War 2 against Vlad and Xi which the Obamanation has recently declared. Is Iran going into the new Moscow- Beijing axis? Or is it going to be non- aligned?

    Empire does not need Iran’s oil but would like to have a say in who they sell it to, in what currency and at what price. Empire also wants Iran in the dollar system. Iran wants Geo Strategic security as Empire redraws the maps of the Middle East.

    Iran however cannot allow their Sh’ia brothers in Baghdad and Basra to be overrun, and for the area to form a hostile Sunni state on its border. With or without Empire Khamenei will go in if he has to. But the odds are great that a deal is going to be cut.

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