Iran under increasing isolation
With each passing day, Iran is experiencing further international and regional isolation, with a growing number of countries voicing concerns about Tehran's policies. Barack Obama leaving office signaled the beginning of the end of a "golden era" for Iran, and a major shift in the balance of power and political tones.
One recent example is the joint statement issued by Saudi Arabia and Malaysia strongly condemning Iran's meddling in the Middle East. This lashing left the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman no choice but resorting to a weak reaction showing Tehran's utter regret.
"The Islamic Republic's principled policies are based on non-interference in the affairs of other countries and abiding by an approach hinging on good neighborliness," said Bahram Ghasemi, according to Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency.
Saudi king Salman's visit to Malaysia followed strong remarks made by Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubair against Iran's meddling in the region, and Riyadh announcing its readiness to dispatch troops to Syria aimed at containing Iran.
In yet another such example, the United Arab Emirates' envoy in the United Nations' Human Rights Council also targeted Iran's regional meddling.
"Iran's meddling in Arab states and supporting Houthis militias has a role in deepening the current crisis and conflict in Yemen," said Anwar Qarqash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs. "Iran directly arms the Houthis, providing them with a variety of weapons, ballistic missiles and drones. The Houthis have to this day launched thousands of missiles received from Iran into Saudi soil."
Iran's own media have also published reports vividly depicting Iran's growing concerns in this regard. The latest measures taken by United Against Nuclear Iran has raised eyebrows among senior Iranian regime officials.
This groups "intends to go the limits to prevent Iran from going nuclear," according to the Tabnak website, voicing the views of former Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezaie, currently the secretary of the regime's Expediency Council, which oversees disputes between the parliament and ultraconservative Guardian Council.
UANI has recently described an agreement signed between Austria and Iran to cooperate in the oil industry as "terrifying" and "concerning." This international organization has written letters to companies such as Caterpillar, Terex, and Komatsu, asking them to end their economic relations with Iran, and they have responded positively.
"This group has formed based on the idea of introducing Iran as a global nuclear threat to public opinion across the globe. On the other hand UANI is continuing its efforts to place pressure on major international firms to literally sanction Iran," according to the semi-official Fars news agency citing Iran's Ministry of Intelligence.
Following the election of Donald Trump as the president, a variety of senior American leaders have been voicing strong remarks against Iran.
"U.S. President Donald Trump's administration pledged on Tuesday to show 'great strictness' over restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities imposed by a deal with major powers," according to Reuters.
Tehran must be prevented from obtaining ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction. Considering the fact that Iran's Revolutionary Guards is behind a wide slate of the regime's illicit activities, this should be the first target of the Trump administration's crosshairs against Tehran. Designating the force as a foreign terrorist organization is a first step in such a blueprint.
At a London press conference on Tuesday, the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) unveiled the existence of 90 secret docks controlled by the IRGC to distribute arms to a network of proxy militias across the region and annually smuggle $12 billion's worth of goods into and out of the country.
Iran has to balance between maintaining a low profile to let the current wave pass and maintaining a straight face for domestic purposes back home. However, with each passing day, the isolation inflicted on Tehran is deepening.
The status quo is not the end result of any wave, for it has no specific time limit. The harsh reality Iran must learn to comprehend is that the global balance of power across the globe has changed. To this end, this isolation will only expand considering the fact the fact that all regional countries and correspondents throughout the world are demanding an end to Iran's meddling and support for terrorism.