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Gabe Murphy, Peace Action, 510-501-3345 cell, gmurphy@peaceaction.org, Jon Rainwater, Peace Action, 510-469-3700 cell, jrainwater@peaceaction.org

Trump’s Iran Policy Invites Escalation, and That’s the Point

WASHINGTON - In response to President Trump’s statement at a NATO press conference that “there might be an escalation between us and the Iranians,” Jon Rainwater, Executive Director of Peace Action, released the following statement:

“Trump’s cavalier attitude about escalation with Iran is steadily increasing the risk of war. We can’t let growing familiarity with Trump’s bellicose rhetoric cause us to ignore this growing danger. By unilaterally withdrawing from the Iran agreement without cause and effectively waging a trade war with Iran as well as our allies, the administration appears to be intentionally stoking escalation. 

“After conceding the likelihood of escalation, Trump repeated the administration’s delusional position that Iran will cave and accept a new more onerous deal with the U.S. Everyone following this issue knows Iran will never accept the Trump administration’s list of sweeping concessions they say are required for a ‘new Iran deal.’ That’s not accidental. Taken together, the administration’s efforts to sink Iran’s economy and its utterly unrealistic demands for a new agreement suggest that escalation with Iran is a goal rather than an unintended consequence of the administration’s actions.”

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