Iran Sanctions

A new round of sanctions are being placed on Iran. Mike Pompeo, described them as the most severe to have been imposed on Iran and said they were aimed at forcing Tehran to stop its “destabilizing activities” in the Middle East, referring to Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.  “These sanctions are the toughest ever put in place on the Republic of Iran,” he said. The top diplomat in the US said the new sanctions were designed to “alter Iran’s behavior” and protect Israel and other countries.”

According to National Review, the Iran deal was a fraud.  Citing several secret side deals that were not revealed to congress.  One grievous side deal discovered by accident was that Iran would have the ability to self inspect its nuclear facilities.

According to Ballotpedia, Congress did not pass any legislation that approved of or rejected the deal, despite many attempts to do so.  In fact, congress was so opposed to the JCPOA,(Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) it tried to limit President Obama ability to negotiate the deal.  In a final effort to stop the deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) proposed an amendment prohibiting “the President from waiving, suspending, reducing, providing relief from, or otherwise limiting the application of sanctions pursuant to an agreement related to the nuclear program of Iran.”

The JCPOA, however was signed by Obama despite congress overall attempts to stop it.

President Rouhani of Iran called the sanctions “illegal and unfair”.  And the European Union, Iran, China and Russia have set out a plan to sidestep unilateral US sanctions designed to cripple the Iranian economy and force the Iranians to renegotiate the nuclear deal signed in 2015.  The European Union has even considered reverse sanctions on Industries that refuse to do business with Iran to avoid United States sanctions.

How these sanctions will affect Iran, is still not known, and the political fallout could be devastating given that China, Russia and the European Union are intending to violate US sanctions and continue to do trade with Iran.  Given the clandestine nature of the JCPOA, one would have to wonder, why any country would sign it.

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