“The maximum pressure on Iran has not responded,” said Ilan Goldenberg, a State Department official under U.S former President Barack Obama.
Speaking to ILNA news agency, the professor at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program added on the other hand, Iran has been so patient and self-restrained and it has now come to an end and has decided to respond to US actions.
Goldenberg point out Washington now is far from diplomacy and this is disturbing, adding “The United States is contributing charges against Iran, but there is really no global consensus on these allegations.”
But they are going to do it slowly, over time and very publicly, to apply pressure on the Europeans, on the Chinese, on the Russians and the United States – ultimately, to try to provide them some economic relief."
“On the other hand, China and Russia constantly support Iran and it makes it harder for the United States to act against Iran.”
“The war with Iran is very dangerous. George Bush at that time brought us into the war with Iraq, but Iran is far more difficult to contend with, Obama understood the issue and negotiated with Iran and now Donald Trump administration also realized this and wants to negotiate with Iran; the senior fellow and director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, told ILNA also.
He added that the tension solution is just diplomacy not war. Europe shows that want to save nuclear deal and try for that. According to Goldenberg, it's hard to see the Europeans saving Iran's economy.
Ilan Goldenberg is Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expert with extensive government experience covering Iran’s nuclear program, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the broader challenges facing the Middle East.
From 2009 to 2012, Goldenberg served first as a Special Advisor on the Middle East and then as the Iran Team Chief in the Office of the Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy. In that position he provided advice and support to the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and other senior DOD officials on Iranian nuclear, military, and political issues.