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Former top US official warns of possible 'Arab-Persian conflict'

Wendy Sherman, who served as US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Obama administration, told FRANCE 24 of her concern at the possibility of an "Arab-Persian conflict" that would pit Iran against Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

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Wendy Sherman was the lead US negotiator for the Iran nuclear deal. Speaking to FRANCE 24's Marc Perelman, she warned that the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 agreement, plus what she called its pursuit of "regime change" in Tehran - combined with regional tensions across the Middle East - has created the conditions for a possible "Arab-Persian conflict".

Sherman added that by withdrawing from the Iran deal, Trump had made a "big mistake" and that keeping it alive without the US would be "very tough." She added that Trump's decision would also impact the current negotiations with North Korea because the credibility of Washington in fulfilling such deals is now seriously damaged.

The former top US official said that despite the hasty preparations, she supported the planned summit on June 12 between the US and North Korean leaders and said that Trump would have to deliver "something concrete" to make it a success. But she warned that failure could trigger a new round of sanctions and possibly even war between Washington and Pyongyang.

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