Recently, President Donald Trump tweeted about imposing sanctions on Iran, for following the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, created under the Obama Administration.
The tweet featured a picture of President Trump walking while looking to the side with a caption in the foreground that said, “Sanctions are Coming”, similar to HBO’s series, Game of Thrones, where the infamous line is said often, “Winter is Coming”. Most have joked about the fact that President Trump made a meme of himself and did not take his tweet seriously.
However, the Trump Administration is very serious with carrying out these sanctions.
As a refresher, the JCPOA, also known as the Iran deal, was an agreement made between the United States and Iran under the Obama Administration. The agreement limited Iran’s capacity to build nuclear weapons for ten years and then afterward, the agreement would be revisited and a new agreement would be made. The Republican party and President Donald Trump heavily criticized
President Obama for “letting Iran get away with nuclear weapons” and that it endangered American national security. The purpose of the deal was to push Iran’s timeline on building nuclear weapons, so the United States could buy more time to decrease global nuclear proliferation.
Because of President Trump’s major opposition to the agreement, his administration is punishing Iran for following the Iran deal. President Trump has banned oil imported from Iran and listed more than 700 Iranian banks, companies and individuals as part of his sanctions against Iran.
President Hassan Rouhani of Iran spoke to the Iranian people on national television and denounced President Trump’s actions. He stated that the “unfair sanctions are against the law, U.N. resolutions and international accords. Therefore, we will proudly break the sanctions… It’s not going to work out only through words…Action means putting pressure on the U.S. so it doesn’t dare to continue with its plots.”
To cause even more damage to Iran’s economy, President Trump would impose sanctions on countries that buy products from Iran. The U.S. exempted China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey and allowed temporary imports of crude oil without facing penalties. Iraq is allowed to continue to buy electricity and also natural gas, but only if the natural gas is being used for humanitarian purposes.
Adding on to that, the U.S. allowing temporary use of international nonproliferation efforts at some Iranian nuclear sites to ensure safety.
This will cause major damage to Iran’s economy, which is what the Trump Administration is aiming to do. It is not clear what the Iranian government is going to do in response to the American sanctions. There is not much Iran can do because the U.S. has basically made it impossible for any other country to buy from Iran or help Iran.