Fresh sanctions on Iran

US President Donald Trump pledged on Tuesday that firms doing business with Tehran would be barred from the United States, as new US sanctions against Iran took effect in spite of pleas from Washington’s allies. Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump Administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme.
It is unfortunate that on the one hand, the US President declared a few days back that he was ready to meet his Iranian counterpart yet on the other hand his Administration went ahead with plans to clamp fresh sanctions on Iran. The renewed sanctions have sent a wrong message to the entire world community as the United States backtracked from its original commitments to lift already imposed sanctions on Iran in return for Tehran’s acceptance of Western demands regarding its nuclear programme. The deal was working satisfactorily and Tehran implemented its part of the agreement, also confirmed by the international nuclear watchdog, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It is all the more regrettable that the US is not only violating an international agreement, which is still being pursued by its allies, but is also threatening other countries that anyone doing business with Iran will not be able to do business with the US.
The American President claimed that he was asking for ‘world peace, nothing less’ but practically his latest move has drifted the world away from the course of peace and increased regional, global tension. One must give credit to Iran, which is still adhering to its commitment to the agreement reached with world powers regarding its nuclear programme, despite provocations of all sorts by the United States. Other signatories to the accord are also committed to it but it has to be seen as to what extent they go in the face of threats from the United States. The new development is also ominous for Pakistan as the country expected some forward movement on implementation of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project after lifting of sanctions on Tehran but now renewed sanctions would create more problems as it would also mean continuation of energy woes of the country.

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