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U.S. sanctions on Iran

· After the IAEA report ·

The United States President, Barack Obama, is closing in on Iran, which is explicitly accused of having chosen, “the path of international isolation,” violating every form of international legality. In the light of the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and together with London and the European Union, the United States has announced a new and more severe plan of economic sanctions with the aim of stopping the Iranian program of nuclear proliferation. For the first time, as Obama himself said, the United States is radically aiming at both the financial and banking markets as well as those of gas and oil to block the main sources of Tehran’s economic support. First the head of the Treasury, Tim Geithner, then Hillary Clinton and finally the President, in an official note, have clarified that Iran has gone against every warning of the international community and now represents a threat to global peace and stability. Iran immediately responded to the new sanctions by the United States, Great Britain and Canada, calling them “deplorable and ineffective,” according to the spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry, Ramin Mehmanparast. Russia, too, has called the new unilateral sanctions unacceptable and in violation of international law, in the banking and energy sectors. The spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry said, “In relation to the decision of the United States administration to strengthen sanctions against Iran, with an impact on the businesses of countries that collaborate with Iran in the oil industry and refineries, and in the banking sector, we once again say that Russia views these extra-territorial measures as unacceptable and against international law.”

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