Editorial Analysis || Proving the hardliners in Tehran right

• 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.

Anti-Iran bloc

• 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.

A comparison

• 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.

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