Sanctions seldom work

Hewitt /
| 22 Apr 2021 | 10:01

    A frequent letter writer to The Record commented in the April 11 edition of The Record that he is opposed to President Biden’s desire to re-enter the 2015 multi-national nuclear Agreement with Iran.

    However, I did not find his brief arguments to be convincing.

    Donald Trump’s removal from this treaty has backfired. Under the agreement, Iran was allowed to enrich uranium at a level of 3’67 percent.

    After the withdrawal of the U.S. from the treaty, Iran has been enriching uranium up to 20 percent. In the April 14 edition of the Record, Iran stated that it reportedly will begin enriching uranium up to 60 percent after after the recent sabotage of its Natanz nuclear facility.

    Under the nuclear agreement, international inspectors were permitted to examine all of Iran’s nuclear facilities.

    Now inspectors have been notified that they will not be allowed access to inspections unless the deal is resumed by the U.S, including the U.S removing sanctions that have been imposed on Iran by the United States.

    Sanctions seldom affect the policies of the country that they are imposed on. In Iraq, reportedly 400,000 died in the mid 1990s from lack of medical supplies and by famine.

    Currently, U.S. sanctions imposed by the U.S on Venezuela have effected funds for family planning, resulting in more abortions being performed in the country.

    Robert J. Bailey