Iran’s political elites are in full agreement on the strategic aspect of their country’s military program-including its nuclear and ballistic capabilities [...] They share a collective memory.
What’s more, Iran is engaged in a negotiation that mobilizes the six major world powers. Intransigence can only reinforce the government’s image in the eyes of the Iranian society as guarantor of the country’s greatness. The negotiation is not dominated by the conservatives; it is likely to remain the hard face of Iranian foreign policy whatever the internal balance of power. The style might differ as the Endurance Front cultivates a hostile and radical tone toward the West as a value in and of itself. "The diplomacy of smiles is not appreciated in Iran," says Ebrahim Raisi, openly criticizing the former foreign minister Javad Zarif.