An American political analyst said, It seems that Saudi Arabia has taken the lead in organizing the Arab countries against Iran.
William R. Keylor is professor of history and international relations and director of the International History Institute at Boston University. He is the author of Academy and Community: The Foundation of the French Historical Profession (Harvard University Press, 1975), Jacques Bainville and the Renaissance of Royalist History in Twentieth-Century France (Louisiana State University Press, 1979); The Twentieth-Century World and Beyond: An International History since 1900 (6th rev. ed., Oxford University Press, 2011) and many others.
ILNA: How do you assess the impact of August sanctions on the Iranian economy and its regional consequences?
The Iranian economy has been hit hard by the sanctions, and will adversely affect its ability to project its power in the region and has also given rise to protests within the country.
ILNA: In your opinion, what is the reason for the continuation of Trump's readiness to negotiate with Iranian officials and at the same time maintaining the policy of pressure?
He appears to assume that by maintaining the pressure on Iran, that country would be more willing to negotiate. He did the same thing with North Korea.
ILNA: There seems to be a dispute between the US officials about the unconditional negotiation with Iran. What is the reason for this?
Some officials oppose any negotiations with Iran as long as it pursue policies opposed by the United States, such as its intervention in Syria and support for Assad, who many consider to be guilty of war crimes against his own people.
ILNA: What are the possible approaches of Iran to deal with US sanctions?
Perhaps a gesture of good will, such as reducing Iran’s involvement in Syria, would be welcomed by Trump.
ILNA: In your opinion, what is the Plan B of the Arab countries in this regard?
It seems that Saudi Arabia has taken the lead in organizing the Arab countries against Iran. It seems, to American observers, to be a conflict between the Sunni and Shia countries.
Interview: Kamran Baradaran