In an analysis piece, the Washington Post said that the US and Iran are heading toward a crisis. The newspaper added that Iran remains the (US) president's No. 1 geopolitical bugbear.
According to the piece, Trump, repeatedly cast the deal as a capitulation to the Islamic Republic, and according to Peter Baker of the New York Times, “Trump had told his security team that he would not keep [certifying Iran's compliance] indefinitely” and complained at an hour-long meeting last week about doing so this time.
It added that his top advisers, including national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis — none of whom have much sympathy for the Iranians — had to persuade him to abide by the accord.
The newspaper quoted Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, as saying that Trump administration has “deliberately created an environment of uncertainty by consistently questioning the validity of the deal, hinting that the U.S. might quit the agreement, and by suggesting that it might pursue regime change in Iran.”
Parsi said in an email that rather “than pursuing dialogue with Tehran to resolve remaining disputes, as every one of our European allies have done, the Trump administration has chosen to escalate tensions and eschew opportunities to come to a mutual understanding.”
At the Council on Foreign Relations, Zarif said the White House was sending“contradictory signals.” In an interview with the National Interest, Zarif scolded Trump's supposed “violation” of the spirit of the deal.