Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman called on the international community to step up economic and political pressure against Iran to avoid a major military conflict in the Middle East.
During a hurricane tour of the United States this month, President Donald Trump met in the Oval Office, Saudi Arabia's ascending leader urged his interlocutors to sanction his country's archenemy Iran. The comments came as Trump John Bolton as National Security Advisor, a hawk whose appointment would lead many to overthrow the nuclear agreement with Iran and reintroduce sanctions against Tehran.
More People in Washington Believe It Maintaining a working relationship with Iran is important because it excludes those who agree with the Saudi crown prince.
"Bolton is a hawk who supports a tough line with Iran and North Korea," said Martin Edwards, diplomacy expert at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, Newsweek . "The concern is real here: unlike McMaster's penchant for sober analysis, Bolton could support the president's worst instincts rather than try to restrict them."
The appointment of another Iran Hawk, former CIA director Mike Pompeo, as secretary of state, also not good for Iran -Deal.
On May 12, Trump will have the opportunity to decide whether sanctions on Iran will be reintroduced, a move that would effectively kill the deal. Most analysts agree that he is ready to pull the plug.
Some experts say that this could lead to a catastrophe in the Middle East, where Iran supports numerous deputies and armed groups that oppose US interests are fighting, such as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The killing of the agreement would motivate Iran to start developing nuclear weapons, argue the supporters of the agreement. Some political analysts have suggested that the reintroduction of sanctions would motivate Iran to be more aggressive.
"The Crown Prince is right to worry about Iran's growing clout in the region – from Iraq and Syria to Yemen and Lebanon Saudis almost everywhere," said Chris Meserole, a Brookings Institution Middle East expert, Newsweek.
"But the solution is not to push back the nuclear treaty and introduce new sanctions, but if the Prince thinks that this will lead to fewer conflicts then he will be very wrong." New sanctions will only further encourage Tehran. " Continued Mesere.
But MBS, as the Crown Prince is colloquially called, takes the opposite view, saying the sanctions would help limit Iran's interference in the wider Middle East. He said T he Wall Street Journal that the war would break out in the next 10 to 15 years if the world did not apply sanctions to prevent Iran from extending its influence. However, he did not outline details of how this strategy would work.