Trita Parsi discusses President Trump’s recent showdown with President Rouhani over Twitter. Some have suggested that much like with North Korea, Trump is simply using harsh language as a tactic to set up negotiations, but, Parsi argues, in the case of North Korea, the rest of the region were American allies who also wanted peace—in this case Iran’s neighbors are not friendly toward America, and may even stand to gain from a war with Iran.
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Trita Parsi is the president of the National Iranian American Council and the author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy. Parsi is the recipient of the 2010 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Follow him on Twitter: @tparsi.
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