The reimposition of US sanctions against Iran on Monday following Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May will further isolate the US and decrease American influence around the world, an academic and analyst says.
“The world is going to stand with Iran… not the United States,” said James Fetzer, a retired professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
“It’s a tragedy that this giant step backward is taking place.”
“It’s obviously a gross mistake and one more reason why [US President] Donald Trump and the United States are losing influence in the Middle East and elsewhere in the world,” Fetzer said in an interview with Press TV on Monday.
Trump’s decision to unilaterally pull out from the nuclear agreement – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – and reimpose sanctions against Iran has pitted the US against European powers, China and Russia, Fetzer said.