• America’s Iran policy has taken a U turn with recent and open threats against Iran.
• The foundation of Trump’s West Asia policy is Israel of which limiting Iran is a subpart.
• America’s traditional allies, Israel and the Sunni Arab world especially Saudi Arabia were upset with Obama’s attempts to forge relations with Iran.
• Obama focused on restoring balance in the West Asia and persuades Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions in return for the lifting of international sanctions.
• It is not Iran which is responsible for the current turn of events.
• According to IAEA, Iran has been fully compliant with the terms of the nuclear deal.
• Moreover, other signatories of the deal like the European Union, still support it.
• USA withdrew from it unilaterally in May. It seems Trump wants the U.S. foreign policy to return to traditional allies like Israel and the Sunni Arab world.
• The allies saw the Iran’s nuclear deal as Iran’s consolidation of position in West Asia.
• It appears Trump has ended the nuclear deal not to renegotiate it, but isolate Iran and reduce the influence of Iran in Syria.
• Iran is not a great military force as it spends far less on defence than Saudi Arabia and Israel.
• It has adopted a ‘forward defence’ doctrine, supporting militias and proxies in other countries, such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon, units in Iraq and Syria, and the Houthis in Yemen.
• The Trump administration is punishing the country which agreed its nuclear deal and engaging with the country, North Korea that built nuclear weapons.
• This may eventually cause Iranians to develop an attitude of distrust leading to a deadlock.