Bolton: Our strategic problem is not Assad, it is Iran
Al Arabiya English writes that US national security adviser John Bolton said on Sunday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s grip on power is not a strategic issue for the United States, but Iran’s presence in the country is.
Why Trump's strategy for Iran is likely to lead to war
The Nation has published an article by Trita Parsi on 23 May 2018 which you can read here. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech on May 21 only reinforced what was already known about Donald Trump's strategy for Iran: Either the president is ratcheting up the pressure on Tehran to get a "better deal," which is the official story and the gist of Pompeo's message, or he is merely pretending to be interested in new negotiations, while putting into place the building blocks for a military assault on Iran. Yet even if Trump genuinely seeks new negotiations, he is more likely to end up in a war, because the very premise of Pompeo's speech is false. That's because more pressure on Iran would not have secured a better nuclear deal in 2015—it would only have led to war, or to a nuclear Iran.
Tirman: JCPOA opportunity for EU to leave US dominance
Speaking about Donald Trump turning down European requests about the US staying in the 2015 JCPOA Iran nuclear deal and the deepening gap between the US and EU, John Tirman says: “This is a golden opportunity for the EU to rebalance the alliance, which for decades has been dominated by the U.S.”
5 potential scenarios for Iran deal
Seyed Hossein Mousavian wrote in Al-Monitor on 13 April 2018: “President Donald Trump’s tapping of Mike Pompeo and John Bolton for secretary of state and national security adviser, respectively, should do away with any pretense that the US administration wishes to “fix” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). While Trump has long telegraphed his desire to undo the nuclear deal, Pompeo and especially Bolton have long advocated regime-change policies toward Iran, including war. As the May 12 deadline for Trump to renew sanctions waivers under the JCPOA approaches, five scenarios exist for how Trump’s “fix it or nix it” saga on the accord will play out.
Zarif reacts to US exit plans from JCPOA
Iranian FM says John Bolton’s plans for the US President to leave JCPOA is a huge failure for the US and will isolate it increasingly on the international stage.