By Dr. Talal Al-Harbi
Iran's Time Is Running Out

Iran's response to US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out from the nuclear deal appeared diplomatic and soft when President Hassan Rowhani said in a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "Iran has always worked to reduce tensions in the region in an effort to enhance security and stability."
otherwise,  other reaction targetted Rowhani and his Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who promised to surprise Trump, when hardliners criticized the two men for their "trust in the Great Satan." Some members of the Iranian parliament set the American flag in fire to the American flag and chanted :death to America", the slogan that the Iranians have been repeating since the Khomaini revolution against the former Shah in 1979. The so-called supreme leader Ali Khamenei also said: "If the United States tears the agreement, we will burn it"."
The US president re-imposed economic sanctions on Iran and promised more while giving European companies operating in Iran six months to leave.
In his latest decision, the US president seems determined to ;eave his fingerprints on the history of American politics despite the seriousness of his decisions and the opposition by many even in the United States itself. For him, Iran is no stronger or more dangerous than North Korea, where he was able to tame its leader Kim Jong-un, who kept the world on its toes with his ballistic missiles and nuclear tests, and who eventually announced that he would abandon them because he came to the conclusion that he can't face the world alone when he found himself without allies.
President Trump surrounded himself with a group of hawks such as Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo and his national security adviser, John Bolton, who are keen to overthrow the mullahs' regime in Tehran. Bolton is also closely linked to the Iranian opposition movement "Khaliq", the proposed alternative to the mullahs' regime. both men like him "believe in correcting the mistakes of the past".
Therefore, the options for Tehran are limited. They are betting on the position of the European countries, especially France, Germany and Britain, in ensuring their commitment to the nuclear agreement. In this perspective, he cares less for the position of his allies in the NATO alliance, which he sees as a burden on his country. In recent weeks, French President Emmanuel Macaron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson wentto Washington, but failed to persuade Trump not to cancel the nuclear deal ith Iran. Trump has angered these allies with his economic actions and his derogatory remarks against them.
Although French Foreign Minister Jean-Louis Laudrian said that "the Europeans do not have to pay for the withdrawal of the United States from the deah ti which they contributed themselves," but there is no guarantee that these countries will stick to their positions. This also applies to Russia and China.
Immediately after Trump's speech, Rouhani ordered Iran's Atomic Energy Organization to be prepared to resume nuclear enrichment at the industrial level, and observers believe that if Iran pursues this option, it will eliminate any opportunity for economic cooperation with the EU.
The option left to the Iranian leadership is the option in which they have succeeded so far, namely terrorism and sabotage activity that will be directed primarily against the Arab region. Iran knows that it can't challenge US forces. They also know that they can't menace oil export movement.
What Iran has done is to instruct its Houthi allies to launch ballistic missiles at the Kingdom; the missiles that were downed by our brave and vigilant air defenses.
In the end, the siege and containment of Iran will be harsh, and may be the beginning of the countdown to the fall of the rule of the turban-wearing mullas in Tehran.

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