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No EU political will to sidestep US sanctions on Iran

No EU political will to sidestep US sanctions on Iran

European Union leaders have long called for the bloc to behave more independently and strengthen its international role. Their failure to build a way to bypass U.S. sanctions on Iran has brutally exposed how far they are from that goal.

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Trumps maximum pressure on Iran not working

Trumps maximum pressure on Iran not working

The Trump administration's strategy of maximum pressure on Iran took full effect on Nov. 5. It included the re-imposition of oil sanctions and designation of more than 700 Iranian entities, individuals, aircraft, and vessels. However, so far, the impact has fallen short of what will be required for true maximum pressure, though the administration is on the right path.

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Failure of Trump's economic war on Iran

Failure of Trump's economic war on Iran

The US has declared economic war on Iran: after having pulled out of the UN security council-endorsed nuclear deal in May, the Trump administration is now unilaterally combating the right of the rest of the world to engage in legal trade with the Islamic Republic.

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Iran's economic ambitions in Syria limited

Iran's economic ambitions in Syria limited

At an Iranian government-owned car plant near Homs, the small number of vehicles on the assembly line underscores the obstacles hobbling Tehran’s economic ambitions in Syria, reports Reuters.

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What are you denying Mr Pompeo?

What are you denying Mr Pompeo?

After the imposition of new US sanctions, Iranian pharmaceutical companies have been faced with severe obstacles in transferring money for the procurement of some raw materials for specialty drugs.

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Stick of sanctions effective if the carrot is made sweeter

Stick of sanctions effective if the carrot is made sweeter

Since the resumption of U.S. sanctions on Iran two weeks ago, the rhetoric from Washington and Tehran has been predictably belligerent and defiant. Each has claimed it is open to fresh negotiations, but only if the other abandons its intransigence. Each is adamant that it will not be the first to blink.

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