U.S. Doubles Down On Post-Deal Iran Strategy Amid Growing Tension In Both Countries

In this picture released by official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures while speaking during a gathering of thousands of members of the Basij, an all-volunteer force under paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Khamenei said the Islamic Republic will “slap” the United States by defeating new American sanctions targeting the nation.
In this picture released by official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures while speaking during a gathering of thousands of members of the Basij, an all-volunteer force under paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Khamenei said the Islamic Republic will "slap" the United States by defeating new American sanctions targeting the nation. Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader / WBEZ
In this picture released by official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures while speaking during a gathering of thousands of members of the Basij, an all-volunteer force under paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Khamenei said the Islamic Republic will “slap” the United States by defeating new American sanctions targeting the nation.
In this picture released by official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures while speaking during a gathering of thousands of members of the Basij, an all-volunteer force under paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, at the Azadi (Freedom) stadium in Tehran, Iran, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Khamenei said the Islamic Republic will "slap" the United States by defeating new American sanctions targeting the nation. Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader / WBEZ

U.S. Doubles Down On Post-Deal Iran Strategy Amid Growing Tension In Both Countries

A former US intelligence officer was indicted by Federal authorities yesterday for allegedly spying for Iran. This news comes on the heels of a US-led summit in Warsaw on peace and security in the Middle East - to which Iran was not invited. The already fraught relations between the US and Iran have been complicated further by President Trump’s decision last May to stop abiding by the terms of the Iran Nuclear Deal, as well as by Iran’s support for militias acting against US interests in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. Also yesterday, a suicide bomber linked to Sunni militant organizations killed at least 27 people in Iran’s southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province. The attack supposedly targeted the country’s Revolutionary Guard. To discuss, we’re joined by Trita Parsi, founder of the National Iranian American Council. He’s author of the book Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran, and the Triumph of Diplomacy.