Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Pres. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the treaty with Iran which allows them to develop a nuclear program, purportedly under supervision. Upon the news of the treaty's dissolution, members of the Iranian parliament burned a photo of a U.S. flag in their parliament building and chanted "Death to America." Now an Iranian student group is offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who bombs the U.S. embassy in Israel which opened last week. The threat is the result of the U.S. recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, something Iran strenuously opposed. While diplomacy should be pursued in international conflict, and peace the ultimate goal, calls for violence and destruction of property must be addressed and denounced by Iranian leaders before any goodwill negotiations can be resumed.