Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council's South Asia Center Barbara Slavin made the remarks while commenting on the termination of a longstanding United Nations arms embargo on Iran on October 18 and its impacts on the existing situation between Iran and the US.
“Trump likes to make deals but he’s not very good at it,” Slavin said while speaking exclusively to Iran’s Mehr News Agency (MNA).
She said that Trump was isolated on his efforts to extend the UN arms embargo against Iran “because most other countries – not just US European allies – want to preserve what’s left of the JCPOA.”
Despite US opposition, the long-standing conventional arms embargo imposed on Iran expired on Sunday in line with the terms of the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The 13-year-old ban imposed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) came to an end as part of Resolution 2231 of the JCPOA.
"As of today, all restrictions on the transfer of arms, related activities and financial services to and from the Islamic Republic of Iran... are all automatically terminated," Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday.
Asked if termination of the arms embargo could have a significant impact on the existing situation between Iran and US, Slavin said, “I don’t see a significant impact as relations are already at rock bottom.”
However, she forecast that Trump’s Democrat rival in the upcoming US presidential election Joe Biden “supports diplomacy and will work hard to restore the JCPOA and build on it.”