Sanctions relief isn’t as important to Iran as NATO governments seem to believe, because the U.S. only hasn’t kept its word to Iran from U.S. administration to administration, and Iran trades freely with a majority of the world’s population anyway. Iran is becoming very successful without integrating the population with Europe and the United States yet. The country also prioritizes other values far before economic ones, which explains why NATO hasn’t been able to influence Iran with promises of financial gain and is surprised when Iran stands up for impoverished people in other countries. But new free trading opportunities and generosity from Europe and the United States can still become symbolically important to Iran - and therefore the way NATO and Iran negotiate improving relations. Many people in western countries believe sanctions relief is the right attitude for everyone to have towards a population that deserves the most opportunities possible.
Europe doesn’t want more disgruntled immigration from the region, and prefers for people to have opportunities in all home countries instead.
(The Iranian government has benefitted a lot from an exclusionary attitude from NATO, because it forced the Iranian people to innovate independently. Iran has humbly advanced far further and faster than western governments seem to believe. Iran has advanced fast enough to be one of the most desirable alliances at the United Nations. NATO has underestimated the possible benefit to NATO of improving relations. NATO has also underestimated the benefit of encouraging competing countries such as Iran to rely upon western innovation. It’s still a tremendous missed opportunity.)
Iranians are deeply ethical and always generously help less fortunate states, sometimes including ones that aren’t giving the same treatment in return. Israel, Europe and the United States are all deterred by a country that would love to be able to openly help everyone.
There is significant economic progress in Iranian-U.S. relations in 2023. This writer understands the United States returned $6 billion to Iran that was held by the United States. There is a $10 billion sanctions waiver benefitting Iran in Iraq as well. And this writer understands that a neutral intermediary country aligned with Iran will continue to use all of these funds for the benefit of the Iranian population. If true, this was an exemplary and courageous decision for peace.
This was the right thing for President Biden to do for peace. The release of six Americans was created as a rationale. And they are safely home. This writer hopes this was the much needed breakthrough in U.S.A.-Iran relations. Further peaceful normalization is in the interest of the populations involved.
Iran knows how to deter better than most countries because Iran was forced to by NATO to deter when NATO incorrectly attributed public safety incidences to other countries that had no involvement in creating them. Iran had to look fierce and become that way to some extent to avoid foreign intervention. Iran became a completely credible competitor. But the truth is that Iran is peaceful. All countries have come to view Iran as formidable and unpredictable - and consequently desirable security alliance. But Iran has always made a phenomenal consistent effort for peace. The sensitive and compassionate side to the Iranian government and people is often visible in the government's communication strategy. Iran can’t resist revealing the integrity of everyone involved from time to time including in communication. Iran cares deeply about peace with ALL other countries.
Iran has strived for great relations globally for decades with diplomatic outreach throughout the region and beyond. Iran used government media appearances to successfully improve relations with rival Saudi Arabia with U.S. help, for instance, which brought peace and calm to Yemen recently. Iranian officials have also participated in perhaps a hundred peace talks regionally. For instance, Iran orchestrated a real and lasting peace between Iran's friendly neighbor Syria and their "rival" country Turkey. (This represented a tremendous diplomatic accomplishment for the entire region, because Iran and NATO were essentially negotiating peace with each other through intermediary countries.) Iran is well known to keep its word (even when other countries aren't as reliable). Iran also has a reputation at the United Nations for integrity. Therefore, the country is usually invited to peace talks by other countries in need of helpful diplomacy.
The Supreme Leader of Iran Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei created a peaceful burgeoning liberal democracy in his country. It's modeled after the ones in Europe and the United States. There is a parliamentary voting system very similar to the British one. Although he has final say, the democracy has become an excellent system that Iran uses to select the entire rest of the government. It gives the population the opportunity to choose all of their own public servants and policies. The democratic system has also taught the population how to integrate into and work in other democratic ones.
Although the Iranian and United States governments aren’t ready to form an alliance, the truth is that they easily could. They share the same values and have a similar desire for peace. The Iranian government repeatedly says that it cares about "peace, freedom and justice." These are precisely the same values the Biden-Harris administration has extolled in public presentations. And the Iranian government created the same peace, freedom and justice that's enjoyed throughout the United States. There is consequently a tremendous opportunity for mutual understanding and lasting peace between the great nations.
The Iranian government also fully supports minority rights, which are important to the Biden administration in evaluating U.S. - Iranian relations. Iran has more progressive minority rights than anywhere else in the region. Women wear whatever they want. And people of various ethnicities enjoy full and equal rights, and participate equally in industry and government. There was a Jewish member of congress, for instance. There is a burgeoning Jewish population in Tehran.
Islam is the official religion in Iran. The Iranian government therefore convinces the population there to participate in democracy by calling it "Islamic." (Otherwise they would not.) This raised eyebrows in Israel, which considers itself a Jewish democracy, but shouldn't because Islam is a religion named for "peace." The Iranian government encourages peaceful participation in democracy by describing it this way. (Some Iranians are also Zoroastrians, and consequently believe in “good words, good thoughts and good deeds,” which all reflect exemplary integrity.)
Most democratically elected governments these days describe democracy theologically. Iran is far from alone in this regard. The United States does the same thing in distinguishing church from state but welcoming each new leader with a hand on a Christian Bible anyway. There's even a Christian religious motto in the United States found equivalently in Islamic religious texts and governments. The Israeli government of course declares that it’s Jewish. The tradition of democracy being theological is therefore essentially the same in the United States, Israel and Iran (though the predominating religion varies between them).