Richard A. Falk, American professor of Emeritus of international law at Princeton University said in an interview with Mehr News Agency that Iran’s demands in the new round of negotiations with P4+1 in Vienna, are sincere, deserve respect, and are mandated by international law and the UN Charter, and Tehran has done nothing wrong that would warrant punitive actions or coercion. […]
Iran has repeatedly stressed that the core purpose of the new round of negotiations is to lift sanctions against Iran and get Iran’s economic and trade activities back on track. How do you evaluate this appeal of Iran?
I think the genuineness and justification of this pursuit of normalcy on Iran’s part is sincere, deserves respect, and is mandated by international law and the UN Charter. Arguably, Iran has done nothing wrong that would warrant punitive actions of the sort taken or the kind of coercion embedded in the ‘maximum pressure’ approach to the Trump presidency. It is unlawful to threaten or use force as a tactic of diplomacy, and Iran has been constantly threatened, economically harmed, and politically destabilized by such tactics, and by the imposition of sanctions that have inhibited foreign investment and trade by third-party countries. Läs intervjun