US sanctions are a message to the ayatollahs: reform or go


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The Henry Jackson Society today commented on the reimposition of sanctions on Iran by the United States, following Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal earlier this year.

Tom Wilson, Research Fellow in the Centre for the New Middle East at the Henry Jackson Society, said:

“As many warned at the time, the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated under Barack Obama was woefully inadequate. By the time it expired, it risked putting Iran closer to nuclear weapons breakout than when the agreement started.

“So far Iran has used Obama’s generous sanctions relief to back up the Assad regime as well as to fund Hezbollah and other destabilising terrorist proxies across the Middle East. Emboldened by the agreement, Iran has greatly expanded the testing of long-range ballistic missiles – the kind that could one day carry a nuclear warhead.

“The re-imposition of sanctions by the US should put much-needed pressure on Tehran. Given the rising domestic unrest in that country, the ayatollahs must now understand that they will eventually either have to co-operate or go.”


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