Tensions around Tehran’s nuclear development activities are fueled by both Washington’s anti-Iran rhetoric and the recent deterioration of security situation in the Persian Gulf, RISS expert Vladimir Kosarev points out in the analytical article of RISS journal “National Strategy Issues”. "Our world today is facing serious challenges in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) implementing. This may lead to the fading out of the Iranian nuclear treaty. The situation in the Persian Gulf, which is sharply deteriorated, can increase the risk of armed conflict," he said.
Kosarev draws attention to the fact that the Trump administration has some difficulties while pursuing its Middle East policy. "Obviously, the White House underestimated strong Tehran's resistance against US sanctions. Iran's oil revenues dramatically declined due to Western restrictions. This prompted the Iranian leadership to actively interact with its allies and neighboring countries as well as escalate anti-western sentiments among the population in order to weaken US sanctions," he explained.
In RISS expert's opinion, Washington had backed itself into a corner in Iran while pursuing its counterproductive policy. Trump's Iran sanctions will not bring any success to Washington. Sanctions pressure has a negative impact on American interests. Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric is related with foreign and domestic political problems for the USA. "The situation around the JCPOA is very unstable today. JCPOA implementing will determine the further scenario in the Middle East region, policy of world and regional power centers, state of international security, role of the UN and the IAEA in solving global and regional problems, as well as the prospects for nuclear non-proliferation and arms control regimes," Kosarev concluded.