The Heat: US-Iran sanctions

The Heat

US Iran tensions

One year ago, the United States officially withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, now the US Trump administration is targeting all of Tehran’s oil exports.

The U.S. announced it will no longer give waivers to countries that purchase oil from Iran in an effort to thwart Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.  The move directly impacts five countries including China, The Republic of Korea, Japan, India and Turkey.

China is Iran’s largest crude oil customer and opposes the U.S. sanctions. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country will continue to sell oil and is appealing to the international community to stand up to the United States.

To discuss all of this:

  • Mohammad Marandi is a professor of English Literature and Orientalism at the University of Tehran.
  • Negar Mortazavi is a journalist and consultant editor at The Independent.
  • Sara Hsu is an assistant professor of economics at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
  • John Sitilides is a geopolitical strategist with Trilogy Advisors. 

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