Former CIA Director David Petraeus issued a warning on Iran that it has to be “very careful” as tensions between the Middle Eastern nation and the U.S. proceed to escalate, Fox News informed.
“They are going to have to make a decision. Either they are going to have to really tighten their belt and keep tightening, because it’s going to get worse,” Petraeus said on ABC’s “This Week.” “There are going to be further screws tightening down in maximum pressure campaign and try to grit their teeth and get to November 2020 in hopes that their desired outcome emerges.”
He added: “They’re going to have to be very careful not to overplay their hand and result in some kind of response that is quite punitive.”
Trump administration sent an aircraft carrier and other military resources to the Persian Gulf region, and withdrew nonessential personnel from Iraq, sounding the alarm in Democrat lines as well as some Republicans on Capitol Hill, for a possible confrontation with this country.
However, Trump rejected any potential for conflict. The question is what is the reason behind these actions, and many lawmakers have demanded more information.
The tensions between Tehran and Washington is sourced back to reports of bombings and attacks across the region that have been tied to Iranian-backed terror groups and also the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran just over a year ago.
Trump pulled out of the accord, which he has criticized as “the worst deal in history.” The President stated that the agreement should have banned Iran’s ballistic missile program and curbed what his administration considers Tehran’s hostile activities in the region.
The administration slapped back economic sanctions on Iran which were lifted under the agreement.
Iran retaliated by threatening to enrich its uranium stockpile closer to weapons-grade levels in 60 days if world powers do not succeed in negotiating new terms for its 2015 nuclear accord.