How the GCC Countries Should Tackle Iran’s Threats

The nuclear agreement with Iran is currently under review as of April 19, per American President Trump’s orders, agencies have been asked to figure out whether suspending sanctions is in America’s interest.

In a post on Twitter, Trump previously said, “Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the US came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion.”

James Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, while in Riyadh also on April 19, said that they’ve all seen Iran’s bad behavior and path in Lebanon, Syria, Bahrain and Yemen, and it must be dealt with at some point. 

On April 15, Mike Pompeo, CIA chief, warned “rogue states such as Iran face tougher military action from America under Donald Trump.”

William Roebuck, US Ambassador to Bahrain, stated last Thursday that due to Iran’s support of terrorism and agents that seek to destabilize countries, there are concerns about the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan. Roebuck added that it is believed that if Iran gets nuclear weapons, confrontation with it will be more difficult. According to Roebuck, in a conversation, Saudi King Salman and US President Donald Trump “voiced the importance of strictly executing the joint comprehensive action program with Iran and addressing the latter’s activity that destabilizes regional countries.” Roebuck added that President Trump and his team clarified where the US stands in terms of Iran’s behavior.

In an article by Sawsan Al Shaer for Al Arabiya, she writes, “The battle is right here, in Arab countries and it’s against Iran’s agents. Replicating Hezbollah’s model in Iraq and Yemen and the attempts to replicate this model in Bahrain is what we must confront and uproot.”

It may take a lot of time to see results of sanctions on Iran because Iran has other resources to fund its agents.The resources is  the money collected by Arab Shiites, estimated to be around $95 billion, and according to Al Shaer, this money is under Khamenei’s control. Economic sanctions may not effectively diminish the power of agents which pose the worst threats against us in the region.

Al Shaer writes, “What’s important is to be very clear and decisive, whether we have the US support of not. We must uproot the terrorism of ISIS, the Houthis and the Popular Mobilization. We must be clearer in terms of the idea that GCC countries will not be lenient towards those who support Iran’s agents regardless of the nature of their work, be it political, media-related or religious. These are the fronts from which Iran fights us and we must direct our efforts towards confronting this.” She adds, “We must focus on these wings and follow their tracks all the way to the key Iranian agents that prepare them and support them to harm our countries’ stability and security. We will not rest until we eliminate Iran’s agents and deprive them of all their weapons, whether they’re civilian or military weapons, and hold them accountable after they betrayed their vows and sold their homeland. We must make it clear that there’s no political wing and a military wing as they’re all the same.”

“There’s no difference between those who carry arms and those who support men who take up arms,” Al Shaer writes, “This is what American officials must comprehend: We do not need to open a front with Iran. Imposing economic sanctions on Iran will not restrain Iran’s agents and their activity. The battle is right here, in our Arab countries and it’s against Iran’s agents. Replicating Hezbollah’s model in Iraq and Yemen and the attempts to replicate this model in Bahrain is what we must confront and uproot.”