Iran going to 'have to be very careful not to overplay their hand': Gen. Petraeus

In an interview for "This Week" airing Sunday, Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz sat down with former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus to discuss recent tensions between the United States and Iran.
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Do you think Iran will come to the negotiating Kapler caved in because at this maximum pressure campaign do you see any indication that well they are going to have to make a decision. Either they are going to have to really tighten their belt and keep tightening because it's going to get worse there are going to be further screws tighten down some pressure campaign. And try to grit their teeth and get to November 21 in hopes that they are desired outcome emerges I'm not sure they can go that floor. Without. Having did at least pursue some back channel. That could then lead into some kind of negotiations president trump has been quite clear about this he globe would welcome communication and apparently would be willing to sit down. Himself. So I think at science. Well it again right. It might want required to have diplomatic preparations. You know the old saying it. You know you can only pull a rabbit out of hand of the diplomats put into that first because these. Because they prepared so well. So that that's the question now can they try some kind of proxy activities and they might make life difficult for us. They can but they're going to be have to be very careful. Not to overplay their hand. And result in some kind of response. That is quite punitive. And I think this is where having president trump in the White House frankly has to give them some degree applause. Over the previous administrations eight years I'm not quite so sure that with this. White House. That there might not be fairly substantial response to something that the raw onions might think it is just a proxy activity that stays below what they think the threshold. It is. After which we lose Paul.

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