May 4, 2019, 1:00 PM
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Zarif made 'B-Team' reference to expose divide of US Admin

New York, May 4, IRNA – Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made a well-calculated 'B-Team' reference to expose the divide at US Administration, a senior US-based analyst said Saturday.

International Crisis Group senior analyst Ali Vaez said, 'B-Team' was the term the Iranian Foreign Minister used in his recent interviews with Western media in New York. He warned that the US President Donald Trump might be misled by his entourage and regional allies into a Middle East war. By 'B-Team' he referred to the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, US National Security Advisor John Bolton, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and United Arab Emirates Prince Bin Zayed who are trying to exert a great influence on Trump's policies toward Iran.'

Ali Vaez said that the 'calculated tactic' by Zarif displayed a deep gap between the US President Donald Trump, who is interested in making a better and more comprehensive deal with Iran, and his National Security team and regional allies, who are seeking regime change in Iran.

Speaking to IRNA, the analyst said that the US President is not willing to get involved into another conflict in the Middle East, therefore Zarif's revelation on the intention and goals of his advisors and allies was an effort to make Trump aware of the issue to confine them.

'By exposing intentions of Trump's advisers and allies, Zarif intended to put the president on notice to rein in them,' he said.

Commenting on the conduct of Trump and his war-mongering advisors, he did not rule out any unwanted escalation, particularly when there is much friction between Iran, on one side, and the US and its allies in the region, on the other.

'The president probably believes that at the end of the day, he would not fall into anyone's trap,' he said warning, 'There is plenty of precedent in US history when clueless presidents have been easily manipulated by much more experienced executives. Moreover, there is so much friction between Iran and the U.S. and their respective allies in the region than a clash could happen even unintentionally.'

Foreign Minister Zarif in his recent interviews with Western media has also spoken of Iran's preparedness for prisoners swap with the US.

The analyst described it as another direct message to Trump and an 'appealing offer' for him who is seeking to take credits for bringing the American forces back home.

'It constitutes an appealing offer for a president who takes personal pride in bringing Americans back home,' Vaez said.

Vaez, however, expressed doubt that it was late for talks as the presidential election in the US approaches.

'I'm afraid it might be too late for opening such talks as in the run up to the 2020 US presidential elections, Trump is likely to be more risk averse in engaging in controversial dealings with US adversaries.'
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