Pressure can work on the Iranian Regime. There has been, for more than a decade, a curious line of argument that pressure upon Iran is counterproductive
The toxic propaganda he conveniently promulgated via American social and mainstream media undermined democracy in the US and was detrimental to the welfare of the Iranian people. He deceitfully presented to the American media a beaming façade for Islamofascism.
Mullahs' cheat-and-retreat may will no longer work. The Khomeinist system is going through its deepest crisis with widespread corruption, administrative ineptitude and internecine feuds weakening its claim of legitimacy against a background of growing popular dissent. It is time to declare the JCPOA dead and buried.
President Trump’s deft plan of exiting from the JCPOA, which had been touted as a successful foreign policy coup by supporters of the accord, exposed the real face of the terrorist leaders of the Islamic Republic, who, on the basis of this accord, had taken liberties to expand their support for regional terrorism. Trump’s action revealed and destroyed covert plans to escalate tensions in various areas.
It is quite possible that the Iranian regime considers its provocations a prelude to another nuclear negotiation. The regime obviously want to escape from the box that they are in, and Trump shouldn’t let it.
It’s important to remember there’s a huge disconnect between the Ayatollah and his henchmen who rule the country, and the Iranian people. Reza Pahlavi, the son of the late Shah of Iran, has been an outspoken proponent of a democratic Iran.
Regime apologists who have taken “exile” in the West claim that President Trump is an impediment to diplomacy between the US and the Islamic Republic. Khamenei claims negotiations with the US is forbidden by the Quran. How to be Iranian is this bewilderment?
Administrations after administrations tried to reach deals with the Khomeinist regime in Iran in order to facilitate a peaceful coexistence with the theocratic dictatorship. But due to ideological nature of the regime, that goal was never achieved. The last and most aggressive attempt was under Obama that the mullahs cleverly kept restricted to nuclear activities so they didn't have to commit to any change of behavior.
The Iranian regime's foreign minister Javad Zarif has become so irrelevant in the international arena, he now primarily functions as a Twitter troll. Perhaps the US Treasury Department felt he was too unimportant to sanction.
For many years, the Islamic Republic used its nuclear program as leverage to frighten world powers into negotiating for sanctions relief. The regime no longer has that leverage. Therefore, having the upper hand over the mullahs, the US should speak from a position of strength, and not apologetically rush back to a flawed deal.