(Analysis) Iran: Mounting Evidence That Sanctions Have Failed

Iranians stand in a subway train headed to northern Tehran, on January 3, 2013. The majority of Iranians blame the United States for the sanctions that have made their lives more difficult, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Iranians stand in a subway train headed to northern Tehran, on January 3, 2013. The majority of Iranians blame the United States for the sanctions that have made their lives more difficult, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Summary

Testimony by senior-level U.S. military commanders before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week painted a bleak picture of the effectiveness of international sanctions at stopping Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. The testimony, and public polling results, also point to the sanctions’ unintended consequences.

Continuing economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation do not appear to be lessening Iran’s drive to become a nuclear weapons power. Ongoing efforts by Western powers to coax Iran into negotiations have also yielded little progress. In fact, Iran continues t0 stall while at the same time agreeing to negotiations in order to forestall any real international action, serving to increase regional tensions and the possibility of military intervention.

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One Comment

  1. Roland McDonald III, MA says:

    The signs have been there the entire time. The cooperation with North Korea in the advancement of nuclear weapons was one of many signs. The games both countries played by drawing the Global community to the negotiating table allowed them time to advance their objectives. The sub-economy created by terrorism, and the open pipeline deals our “allies” have signed with Iran has done nothing to discourage them. It should have been enough of a sign when North Korea would come to the table while the world focused on Iran, then the tables would flip. Smoke and mirrors is what it was. The one thing not addressed out in the open is; which country has been sustaining Iran? A proxy has been supporting them and Hezbollah is not powerful enough as a non government organization to do it alone.

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