In the aftermath of the Iran nuclear deal, Chad Omen, who has served as the United States’ envoy to the UN Security Council since March, says the international community has made progress, but the threat remains.
“We’re now seeing that Iran’s been reduced by the international coalition,” Oman told Newsweek.
“They are now at a much lower level.
They are now a little bit more constrained in what they’re doing.
But they are not a threat to the region, to the United Nations or to our friends and allies in the region.”
Oman, a former ambassador to the Arab League, added that Iran is a threat “because they don’t have a credible threat to Israel and because of their nuclear program.”
In the meantime, the US has been bombing Iran’s military, Oman said.
He said he is hopeful that the US will be able to “treat this threat in a fair and balanced way.”
“We don’t want to see a military confrontation between the United State and Iran,” he said.
“I don’t think the United Kingdom is in a position to threaten Iran and Iran doesn’t have the capability to threaten us.”
Omen said he hopes the deal is a success.
“It’s a great deal, it’s a good deal, and it’s going to make our relationship better,” he told Newsweek, adding that he expects it will be followed by an improvement in US-Iran relations.
“But it’s not going to happen without us.
We have to be there.”
Ombra Omen is a writer based in New York City.
She is the author of “The State of Iran: The Making of a Nation,” published by W.W. Norton.
Follow her on Twitter at @Ombra_Omen.