While it’s still too early to judge the outcome of Trump’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un, analysts say there are signs that Trump’s approach to Iran could echo his approach to North Korea. After all, Trump has already sought to meet with Iranian officials, and his advisers won’t rule out future engagement. He’s eager to strike deals on the world stage. And Iran holds important leverage in places where Trump would like to withdraw U.S. troops, such as Syria.
“If I’m an Iranian opposition activist, I’m going to ask myself, ‘How committed is this American president to this strategy?’” said Alex Vatanka, an Iran specialist with the Middle East Institute. “The wild card with Trump is that he might get a better deal from the Iranian regime, and that means that the opposition who followed Trump into this process becomes collateral damage.”