Europe, not Iran, was the subject of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s most memorable comments at the Warsaw summit on Middle East peace. “The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” he said, suggesting the Trump administration is wary of Brussels and Tehran’s intention to keep the nuclear accord on life-support for a future U.S. administration. Not surprisingly, the Europeans rejected Pence’s demand to exit the deal, raising a pivotal question for the White House: What can the Trump administration do on the Iranian nuclear issue, both after Warsaw and the more recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors meeting?
Brigadier General (Res.) Jacob Nagel is the former Acting National Security Advisor of Israel. He is now a visiting professor and member of the aerospace engineering faculty at Technion Haifa, and a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Behnam Ben Taleblu is a Senior Fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies where he focuses on Iran.