TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – Former CIA director John Brennan urged the Trump administration to stop its so-called pressure campaign against Tehran, noting that there is “a culture of resistance” in Iran.
“The United States has gone down this cul de sac with Iran, by putting pressure on the regime, in the false belief that they will change. It’s a culture of resistance in Iran,” Brennan told the Irish Times on Saturday.
He further described the US national security adviser, John Bolton, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as “Iran zealots”.
“By reneging on the Iran nuclear deal, by designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization, by tightening sanctions on Iran and forcing European parties to the agreement to renege on their obligations, the perception in Iran is that the Trump administration ultimately wants to overthrow the regime,” he said.
In May, the US announced highly provocative plans to dispatch military reinforcements to the Middle East, including an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force, citing an alleged, unspecified Iranian threat.
At the same time as taking those anti-Iran measures, Trump has also offered new talks with Tehran. At different times, his administration has offered talks with or without preconditions.
Iran has rejected the preconditions and said offers of talks do not go with threats and pressure.