Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Former CIA director David Petraeus warned Iran over the situation of increasing tensions with U.S., saying on a Sunday morning news program Iran should be “very careful not to overplay” its hand after it already withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated with the Obama administration and other world powers.
“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,” he told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that is set to air on Sunday. “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.”
The “tightening” Petraeus is referring to pertains to sanctions penalizing other countries that continue to trade with Iran.
He also opined the White House will continue to make things difficult on Iran, though President Trump is open to dialogue with Iranian officials.
“President Trump has been quite clear because he would welcome communication, apparently would be willing to sit down, himself,” Petraeus added.
The U.S. withdrew non-emergency staff from its embassy in Iraq this week over the threat of attack there and the house will hold a bipartisan briefing about Iran Tuesday.
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