For the Trump administration, Iran has always been the primary target of its foreign policy. As the state supporter of terrorism, Iran is the focus of international leaders looking to curb its influence, both regionally and globally.
The U.S., in particular, is leading the charge against Iran, although it remains unclear what the U.S. plans to do once it has built an international coalition against the mullahs’ regime. A centerpiece of Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia, the first foreign trip of his presidency, is to push back on the threat that Iran poses to Saudi Arabia and other regional partners.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Riyadh, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Iran’s newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani to restore human rights to Iranians, end Iran’s support of terror organizations, and halt its ballistic missile testing.
“If Rouhani wanted to change Iran’s relationship with the rest of the world, those are the things he could do,” said Tillerson. He also noted that he would likely speak to his Iranian counterpart, although he has no current plans to do so. “I’ve never shut off the phone to anyone who wants to talk and have a productive conversation,” noted Tillerson.
He also described the U.S.-Saudi military and private sector deals announced Saturday as a “strong message to our common enemies”. The military package includes tanks, combat ships, missile defense systems, radar and communications, and cybersecurity technology.
Yet the question of how to handle and deal with Iran and its destructive tendencies is still on the table. On July 1, 2017, tens of thousands of Iranians and their international supporters joined with hundreds of luminaries from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East will gather to stand up against Tehran and its behavior. At the same time, these leaders will be sharing a path to create a democratic Iran.
At the fulcrum of the event is the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its President-elect, Maryam Rajavi, along with her plan for the future of Iran. This includes a definite plan for addressing terrorism by meaning of limiting Iran’s influence through the blacklisting of the IRGC, among other steps.
The event comes at a very timely occasion as the world is scrambling to come up with a solution on Iran and how to handle it. The western capitals will be advised to pay attention to the message from Paris this July.