…by Jonas E. Alexis, VT Editor

One needn’t be a politician to realize that the sanctions the United States has imposed on Iran over the past three years or so is responsible for economic and medical damages in Iran. As the Guardian put it last January, “Last year, Iran submitted an IMF loan request to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, an added burden on an already beleaguered economy.”[1]

So in order to get back the nuclear dialogue on the political table, the United States has to remove the sanctions. It’s that simple. Iranian representatives have recently said exactly that:

“Considering the recent actions and statements by the US and three European powers, Iran does not consider this the time to hold an informal meeting with these countries, which was proposed by the EU foreign policy chief.”[2]

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has said: “America must end its illegal and unilateral sanctions and return to its (deal) commitments. This needs neither negotiations nor resolutions.”[3]

Is that unreasonable? I don’t think so. Yet the Biden administration finds it disappointing because Iran won’t hold a dialogue until the sanctions are removed.[4] Come on! One needn’t be a politician to realize that the United States is acting like children who simply do not understand basic principles.

How can you hold an entire country hostage while at the same time telling everyone that you want a reasonable dialogue? How can you continue to destroy jobs, and thereby killing families, and then say that you are serious about a deal?

Obviously Iran does not fall for crazy proposals like that. The United States needs to start taking things a little more seriously. This is not a video game.

  • [1] Ali Vaez, “The effect of US sanctions on Iran was global – and a global effort must end them,” Guardian, January 22, 2021.
  • [2] “Bad timing: Iran rejects EU & US offer to hold direct talks on reviving 2015 nuclear deal,” Russia Today, February 28, 2021.
  • [3] “US Reportedly ‘Disappointed’ With Iran’s Refusal to Meet Over Nuclear Deal,” Sputnik News, February 28, 2021.
  • [4] Ibid.


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  1. What is their (USA) hope at all? How do they think – will there be any constructive dialog with Iran, China, Russia when top-rank politicians, including POTUS, dare to proclaim openly these countries The Enemies?
    After that, we, the World, can’t consider them sane persons… They are not serious.

    • They don’t call us the Anglo-Zionist Empire for nothing, Andy. “Uncle Shmuel” has been a dual-citizen of the USA and Israel since forever.

    • In the US, BS is king. It is required as our political landscape is intentionally fake. We say peace, we mean war. We say negotiate, we mean submit. We say allies, we mean vassals. We say be civil, we mean denigrate. We say consensus, we mean our way. All pols say what is politically deemed necessary or desirable, but collect their checks with the SOS. This is how Israel is deemed our ‘friend’, the kind that would stab their mother in the back…and Iran, who stands by their friends, is our ‘enemy’. All this is painfully evident when one listens to pre-election rhetoric. It’s the same old rah, rah, rah with bible and flag in hand. But who can blame the politicians any more than the frog could blame the scorpion? It’s what the American voter asks for, falls for and bitches about.

    • Zman, the American voter is a non-entity. Whether he votes or abstains, the outcome is always the same.
      He is only allowed 2 choices, and both are total shams!

  2. What is Biden waiting for? Oh, that’s right, just as Trump was beholden to Likud and the Kosher Nostra, so is Biden beholden to AIPAC and neocons like Victoria Nuland and her husband Robert Kagan. He has to do the little dance for them, but at least it won’t be the check-to-check dirty dance that Trump did.

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