The Facts On Iran’s Sanctions
Sanction relief is key to the P5+1 Geneva talks over Iran’s nuclear programs of its nuclear enrichment, facilities, and missile development.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has said “the entire deal is dead” if Congress imposed new sanctions, “even if they did not go into effect for six months”.
There are fourteen countries exempted from the Iranian sanctions: Japan, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and the UK. Waivers have also been extended to China, India, and South Korea.
While the Senate, with bipartisan support, pledges to move forward with new Iran sanctions, the White House, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Kerry believe that new sanctions “could destroy the ability to be able to get agreement, and could actually wind up setting us back in a dialouge that’s taken 30 years to achieve”.
On Thursday, the Treasury and State Department added to Iran’s blacklist entities accused of violating Iranian sanctions. The entities were involved with oil shipments and supplying and supporting materials to Tehran’s nuclear enrichment and ballistic missile program, in violation of United Nations Council rersolutions.
This makes one wonder about the sincereity of the P5+1 negotiations. The violations were known, and nothing was mentioned about them until this week. Iran has continued their nuclear enrichment, and its ballistic missile programs, dispite the sanctioins, and a few of the countries that are exempted are the very ones assisting Iran with their programs.