President Donald J. Trump has returned to sanctions as a simple policy option to address some of Iran’s contentious policies, most of which represent complex and predominantly security orientated challenges. The move comes after the president labeled the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran the “worst deal ever” and unilaterally withdrew. In contrast, the U.K., France, and Germany all point to the nuclear deal as being important for regional and global security and the international non-proliferation regime.
It is easy to see why Trump is reinstating sanctions though. They are an easy win among his core constituency, support Israel’s security interests, and addresses concerns among U.S. allies, particularly Saudi Arabia, about Iran’s foreign policy.
U.S. policymakers are also cognizant of broader Iranian activities taking place. For example, according to Danish security services, Iranian intelligence was implicated in a plot to assassinate the exiled leader of the Iranian opposition group Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA) in Copenhagen in October.
Denmark has recalled its ambassador over the foiled attack and called for fresh sanctions. This is bad timing for Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is trying to shore up European government support to navigate around the U.S. sanctions.
President Trump’s Questionable Strategy
The U.S. sanctions on Iran are selective and use a combination of trade restrictions and asset freezes to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals. Any companies doing business with Iran are susceptible to secondary sanctions: they have a choice to halt transactions with the sanctioned entity or lose access to the U.S. financial system and market. For companies based in states which do not support sanctions against Iran at this time, the choice represents a loss of sovereignty.
Read more: The Globe Post
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Jan 16, 2019 Comments Off on ISRAEL SAYS IT CAN FIGHT MORE THAN ONE WAR AT A TIME, TELLS IRAN TO ‘GET OUT’ OF SYRIA
Jan 15, 2019 Comments Off on Iran is at it again: Another American has been taken by the regime
Jan 14, 2019 Comments Off on National Security Council asked for military options to strike Iran, report says
Jan 14, 2019 Comments Off on Arab states inch toward rehabilitating Assad, amid fears Iran and Turkey will step into Syria void
Jan 16, 2019 Comments Off on Germany arrests linguist, accuses him of passing military secrets to Iran
Jan 15, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Asked Mattis for Plan to Blow Up Iranian ‘Fast Boats,’ Report Says
Jan 15, 2019 Comments Off on Cutting The Head Off The Quds Force Snake: A Warning To Iran’s Terror Master
Jan 15, 2019 Comments Off on Senior US official vows to counter Iran on Lebanon visit
Jan 16, 2019 Comments Off on Germany arrests linguist, accuses him of passing military secrets to IranGermany arrests linguist, accuses him of passing military secrets to Iran Germany arrests linguist, accuses him of passing military secrets to Iran German police have arrested a 50-year-old Afghan-German man suspected...
Jan 16, 2019 Comments Off on ISRAEL SAYS IT CAN FIGHT MORE THAN ONE WAR AT A TIME, TELLS IRAN TO ‘GET OUT’ OF SYRIAISRAEL SAYS IT CAN FIGHT MORE THAN ONE WAR AT A TIME, TELLS IRAN TO ‘GET OUT’ OF SYRIA ISRAEL SAYS IT CAN FIGHT MORE THAN ONE WAR AT A TIME, TELLS IRAN TO ‘GET OUT’ OF SYRIA Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...
Jul 14, 2016 Comments Off on Corps’ one hundred thousand of triggered missiles in Lebanon:An official Israel-threatening by CorpsIran Briefing: Since August 7, 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of Ramadhan as “Quds Day”, the Islamic Republic has always tried to hold an imposing ceremony by using state resources as well as requiring people’s involvement. This year’s Quds march had fundamental...