By Vahid Jafarian, Editorial Board Mmeber
U.S. president Donald Trump has adopted an aggressive posture toward Iran and its people since he took office.
At the outset, Trump signed an executive order barring people from several Muslim-majority countries including Iran from traveling to the U.S.
Trump peddled this policy throughout his campaign, arguing that it would protect American people from the threat of terrorism.
Although the order was later blocked by a federal judge in America, it indicated that Trump is looking to increased tensions with Iranians at the beginning of his presidential term.
Later, Trump and his Cabinet members threatened that ‘nothing is off the table’ when dealing with Iran.
Trump made the comment in response to a question by a reporter about whether he would consider military options to respond to Iran, a day after his national security adviser Michael Flynn put Tehran on “notice”.
Finally, Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on 13 people and a dozen companies in response to Iran’s recent ballistic missile test.
However, Iranian authorities have proven during the short time since the beginning of the Trump presidency that every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
As first step, Iran announced that it will prevent United States citizens from entering the country in retaliation against President Donald Trump’s visa ban against Tehran and six other majority-Muslim countries.
In a statement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry stated, “Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted.”
In this regard, Iran initially banned American wrestlers from taking part in an international tournament in the country, but later it decided to issue visa for US wrestlers after Trump’s travel ban was halted by a federal court.
Recent hawkish talks by Trump and his security team also prompted a backlash in Iran. Tehran conducted military exercises and rolled out new weapons that its leaders said would help national defense
Iran on Saturday warned Washington against any hostile actions.
“If the enemy makes a mistake our roaring missiles will hit their targets,” Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Aerospace Force, said during massive air defense drills, the state-owned Fars News Agency reported.
Finally, Iranian Foreign Ministry said Monday that it will impose sanctions against US individuals and entities, which support the Daesh jihadist group, al-Qaeda and the Israeli government.
“We are putting on a sanction list the name of a number of American entities and individuals involved in backing Daesh, al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups as well as backing the Zionist regime in suppressing the Palestinian people. The list is almost complete and will be published and announced to the public in the near future,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi was quoted as saying by the Mehr news agency.
In general, the above-mentioned evidences suggest that Iran has adhered to the principle of reciprocity and has taken any measure in accordance with the actions opposite side do.
Meanwhile in some areas such as visa row, Iran has withdrawn from its initial positions because the other side has reversed its earlier stance.
As a final note, America must know that the era of threats and intimidation is over. In today’s world, policies are based on partnership and mutual respect and any country does in the same manner that observes from the other party.