The Trump administration and Iran have been in a staring contest for months, and now Iran has finally blinked.
Iran has agreed to come to the table and consider changes to the accord as long as the United States lifts the current sanctions in place against the country, according to The Hill.
Iran Blinks First
Iran has been playing tough over the last two months.
Almost as if to prove the sanctions placed by the United States were not hurting the country, Iran taunted Naval vessels, captured allied tankers for alleged violations, and attacked our drones.
Leadership has been talking very tough in the media, but a recent act by Iran has escalated the situation.
After Saudi oil refineries were attacked by Iran, the United States stepped up the sanctions even further by clamping down on Iran’s finances. That appears to be the straw that broke the camel’s back because Iran is finally willing to talk.
New Nuclear Deal
Prior to becoming president, Trump did not hide his feelings about the Obama nuclear deal with Iran. One of his first acts as president was to withdraw from the deal and demand it be renegotiated on more advantageous terms.
To this point, Iran has been defiant, but that has changed rather significantly overnight.
Ali Rabiei, Iran’s Minister of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare, stated: “If the sanctions are ended and there is a return to the [nuclear] accord, there is room for giving reassurances toward breaking the deadlock and the President has even a proposal for small changes in the accord.”
Iran is now clearly on the verge of economic disaster, and if the sanctions are not lifted, there is little doubt that the current leadership and the nation’s economy will completely collapse.
Now the Iranians are willing to discuss a fair deal, which could be a monumental achievement for the Trump administration. Critics can say what they want about the president’s tactics, but they are clearly working when it comes to foreign policy.
Trump could now possibly denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, pen a much more favorable deal with Iran, and redo the trade agreement with China during his first term. If these things come to fruition, this period of time could go down as one of the best for foreign policy in presidential history.