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New Perspective – Are Iranian sanctions working?

By December 4, 2019 No Comments

Perspectives on Mogul News are a curated selection of stories from the world’s leading publishers, giving you more than one side of the story on important issues that face us, and society as a whole.

In this week’s Perspective, we look at the economic blockade imposed on Iran by the United States. Here’s a quick note from our editor to tell you more.

Since the Islamic Revolution overthrew the Shah in 1979, the USA and the Islamic Republic of Iran have been geopolitical enemies. Their enmity runs deep, caused by the American support for the Shah, Iran’s lack of recognition of America’s ally in the Middle East, Israel, as well as the US embassy hostage crisis during the revolution.

American support for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War led to these two nations moving even further apart. Things have hardly improved since.

Iranian ambitions to have nuclear weapons stem from two things. First, the ability to defend itself against US intervention and second the desire to match the capabilities of Israel. Obviously, the US does not want Iran to have the bomb. The main weapon Washington uses against Tehran in this conflict is economic sanctions.

Ever since the disintegration of the nuclear deal between the two, these economic sanctions have become harsher. With recent fuel protests in Iran brutally suppressed it looks like they are having an effect. But is that the whole story?

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