With the G7 talks in full swing, Iran is at the top of the agenda for many of the individual meetings between world leaders – especially those meeting US President Donald Trump. French President Emmanuel Macron was appointed as the group's 'ambassador' to Iran earlier today following a series of meetings between officials in Paris and Tehran. It has sparked hopes that a peace deal can be struck to end months of tension between Iran and the US – but an expert has claimed that Trump may be forced into conflict.
Dr Alan Mendoza, a strategy expert and founder of the Henry Jackson Society, told Express.co.uk that while Trump is still seeking to fulfil his isolationist promise, hawkish officials in the White House are circling.
He said: "All it comes down to is what the President wants, at the end of it.
"He has been honest so far about what he does want.
"Simply, he wants a better deal from Iran, a better nuclear deal.
Trump and John Bolton - hawk in the ear? (Image: GETTY)
Trump vs Rouhani: Do US want war? (Image: GETTY)
"He will pursue that without considering any military options because he doesn't want to provoke a conflict."
During the 2016 Presidential Election campaign, Trump attacked opponent Hillary Clinton for bringing “death, destruction and weakness” to the Middle East, citing her role in the interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria.
Since, however, a refusal to stop supporting Saudi Arabia in their brutal campaign in Yemen and warring rhetoric with Iran itself has cast doubt over his sincerity.
Dr Mendoza, however, acknowledged the influence of the likes of John Bolton and Sean Hannity – two figures who have repeatedly called for war with Iran.
Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (Image: GETTY)