In addition to imposing more sanctions on Iran, the United States is sending its officials around the world to garner support for placing what they call “maximum pressure” on Iran.
Top U.S. officials are traveling around the world this week, attempting to gain support for putting pressure on Iran.
This now includes the new acting defense sectary, Mark Esper, who has only been on the job for a few days. Esper is being welcomed to the new role with a trip to Europe to meet with NATO allies. It will be his job to convince them that the U.S. is heading in the right direction, and to garner support from NATO if the U.S. does decide to go to war with Iran.
Now this could be challenging because Esper is the third Pentagon Chief in only 7 months. He also has not been confirmed by the Senate, so he only has the support of President Trump—not backing from Congress.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and he referred to both countries as great allies in the United States’ efforts to combat Iran. He said the meetings centered on strategies for increasing security in the Strait of Hormuz, amid fears that Iran could try to shut down the vital waterway.
National Security Adviser John Bolton traveled to Israel, where he met with his counterparts from Israel and Russia, and they held a trilateral security summit.
“If Iran were serious about a solution that wouldn’t be violating the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty,” Bolton said. “It wouldn’t be the world’s central banker of international terrorism it wouldn’t have its forces engaged in combat in other sovereign countries and it would be a very different place. That’s why we put the sanctions in place.”
Although it has been more than a year since the U.S. withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal, it is still concerned about the possibility of Iran violating those terms.
The US special envoy for Iran is traveling to Europe this week to meet with representatives from the UK, France and Germany who are trying to save what is left of the deal.
While it is not clear what pressure he intends to put on the allies, the UK, France and Germany have issued an official diplomatic warning to Iran that it could face serious consequences if it does violate the terms of the nuclear deal in the next two weeks, as it has said that it will.