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US’ Partial Removal Of Sanctions Does Not Improve Relations With Iran

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US’ Partial Removal Of Sanctions Does Not Improve Relations With Iran

Illustrative Image: Iranian Revolutionary Guards members march during a parade ceremony

The measure aims only to serve American interests, without any benefit to global peace.

Written by Lucas Leiroz, researcher in Social Sciences at the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; geopolitical consultant.

Tensions remain high between the US and Iran. Recently, the US government announced that it is willing to remove some of the sanctions that are currently being imposed on Tehran, but the news has not been well received by the Persian country. The reason is that the relief only addresses the very American interests. Washington plans simply to end sanctions that do not conform to the terms of the Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with no real effort on the part of the US to improve bilateral relations and ease tensions.

On December 14, the US government declared a green light to ease or end some sanctions against Iran that are not in accordance with the terms of the JCPOA (international agreement established in 2015 providing for Iran’s production of enriched uranium to decrease in return of sanctions’ removal by the West). Commenting on the case, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, US ambassador to the United Nations, stated that the measure “would allow Iran to receive the economic benefits of the deal”.

However, Tehran did not show any contentment with the mere possibility of a partial suspension of sanctions, having demanded a deeper attitude on the part of Washington. Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Majid Takht Ravanchi, emphasized that the US must immediately ban all sanctions against Iran, as well as pledge not to withdraw again from any of the international agreements in which both countries are involved.

Indeed, there is something understandable about Iran’s negative response to the US measure. The 2015 agreement was extremely celebrated by the entire international community as it managed to establish reasonably fair conditions to align Western and Iranian interests. In fact, Iran struggled to comply with the terms of the agreement, which was not complemented by the US. Washington unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018, during the Trump administration. The US return to the agreement began to be supported by Biden and the Democrats as a way to improve the US international image – which had been severely damaged by Trump’s peculiarities – but apparently such a return is permeated with a truly dishonest attitude: the selection of sanctions that violate the agreement.

Obviously, all current US sanctions violate the JCPOA. It is not a matter of having “fair” sanctions and “illegal” sanctions. All the measures that the US has taken against Iran in recent years go against the JCPOA’s objective, as the American withdrawal from the agreement was followed by the infamous “maximum pressure” campaign, which ruined the Iranian economic structure, harming the entire society of the Persian country, despite Tehran’s efforts to comply with the terms of the agreement. In this sense, any selection of sanctions seems wrong, unfair, and insufficient to restore the balance in the relations between the US and Iran, as in all current measures there are terms that directly violate the JCPOA.

This “selection” that the White House plans is very simple to understand. Washington will ban only those sanctions that have been nominally credited to the nuclear issue, which is the subject of the JCPOA agreement. But there is no justice in this kind of attitude, as it is just a legalistic formalism totally devoid of material substance. After the beginning of the maximum pressure campaign, the US began to punish Iran for several reasons, not just considering the nuclear issue. Teheran has received sanctions for its missiles, alleged “human rights violations” and even alleged “support for terrorism”, in addition to several other unsubstantiated accusations typical of American international praxis in recent years. In practice, only nuclear matter sanctions would be selected, but most of the coercive measures would remain intact, which is absolutely unfair. In addition, considering that the establishment of the very maximum pressure campaign is a consequence of the nuclear issue, it is evident that all sanctions affront the JCPOA and, therefore, must be immediately eliminated.

The attitude to be expected from Iran from now on is one of increasing distance from the West. The partial removal of sanctions will not be enough to re-establish a fair dialogue between Tehran and the Washington and, consequently, tensions are likely to continue for a long time. Since the American exit from the JCPOA, Iran has been delaying in fulfilling the terms of the agreement. The country has pledged to eliminate around 98% of its enriched uranium reserves and is still on time to comply with the agreement (only seven of the thirteen-year term provided for in the pact have passed). However, from 2018 until now, the country has returned to enriching uranium and may continue to do so.

In fact, Iran has self-imposed restrictions in order to never produce nuclear weapons. It is not in the plans of an Islamic theocracy to build weapons of mass destruction, which are considered sacrilegious by the state religion. The US objective is simply to banish the Persian country’s entire nuclear technology program, even for peaceful purposes. Precisely for that the JCPOA served as a pact of alignment of interests, but which can only be fully restored if the US totally abandons its coercive measures.


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NATO is trying to scare Iran with military confrontation if they don’t agree to a deal under their terms. Iran has shown multiple times it isn’t scared, and they know this.
Israel and America need to quit threatening them, because they know they won’t last long in a war with Iran, especially Israel


What are you mumbeling about Jnoub? Israel won’t last long against Iran? do you even know what will happen to Iran in an all out war? no you don’t. Same as your delusions about Hezbollah that can defeat Israel or even better, conquer parts of northern Israel. I mean, I know some of you Arabs are comedians, but seriously, know who you are dealing with. The 2006 fiasco will not repeat itself.

Israel and Iran are headed to a direct war unless they stop their nuclear program, now the only question is will the terroristic Hezbollah joins Iran. I can only say that if rockets fall down again on Israelis from Leabon, then rest assured we will leave nothing standing of you country this time. But I’m not into threats anymore I’m way passed it and I also know there is no point to discuss it with you, just try that and prove me right.


Israel couldn’t even conquer parts of Lebanon, you guys wouldn’t even make it to Iran. I hope you know Hezbollah isn’t the only army that will help Iran, you’re forgetting Houthis, Iraq, Gaza and Syria. Your Iron shit won’t handle those rockets, and your David sling won’t intercept shit. I’m not delusional I’m speaking facts. Everyone knows America invaded countries that disobey it if they know 200% they can destroy, look at Iraq and Afghanistan, there’s no more buildings, but why do you think they haven’t declared war on Iran?

You know very well Hezbollah will join and so will America. Hezbollah has sleep cels in every one of your allies countries, and Iran and Hezbollah are capable of hitting your homeland and the homeland of anyone who tries to help you. Why do you think we’re in Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Mexico? All right next to your sugar daddy, putting their missiles even closer


Everything you wrote is right, but the more Israelis are hit the harsher our response will be. I think you forgot all the bombings we did to Lebanon in 2006, so here is a small reminder:


Keep it mind that was about 5% of our firepower, if Hezbollah is willing to join the war then we will hit you ten times fold. Next war the point will not be to conquer parts of Lebanon that is what you don’t realize Jnoub, we won’t enter to captue land. We will enter to cleanse you for a very long time from all the villages in SL closer to our border and beyond, if you stay you will die as simple as that. The more rockets you shoot on Israelis, the more Shia Lebanese we will slaughter. You will meet alot of angry IDF troops that you shoot rockets on our families, mercy is not something you will get.

Also as an Israeli I’m telling you we are not scared of your rockets, shoot everything you have as far as I care. That is, if you live enough time to do it.



That video is destroying civilian homes because you guys got Butt hurt Hezbollah wasn’t wahabi you fund. Don’t think destroying and killing civilians is an accomplishment, conquer a village first then we’ll talk.
“5%”? You guys had all your reserves there because your “elite” units fucking failed. You guys had so many soldiers, that you guys started lacking weapons, ammunition, food and water for the soldiers. You guys couldn’t even clear the Litani river for UN peacekeepers, that’s how bad you guys lost
Don’t worry I have videos as well
Your boys had a nice ass kicking:
Buddy, in the next war your airport and airfoce bases will be gone. 2006 Hezbollah didn’t have any air defence, now they have modern air defence. Your flop35 was shot down by s200 in Syria, and you guys lied about it. Hezbollah has better than s200.
You guys won’t conquer shit. You guys had your elite units+reserves trying to get into Bint Jbeil, and that’s when Hezbollah didn’t even bother to invade the north. How are you going to stop them invading and invade, when it took your whole army to flop on Bint Jbeil?


That’s why Israeli’s spent 10 days in bunkers, right? Because they weren’t afraid. Try again.

Peter Wallace

Just stick to shooting babies as that is what you seem to do well. Just because your parents STOLE the land off the Palestinians doesn’t give you the right to anything. Go watch Israeli Jews that oppose your apartheid on btselem to see the truth . You are no better than the Germans in Auschwitz . What a hero shooting unarmed civilians.. Did you get a medal for that .. hero.

jens holm

The Nazis actually killed 75 to 85 millions.

It makes no sense to me children, grandchildren and grandgrandchildren should suffer for, what their ancisters did.

jens holm

Im no clown. I just have a well argumented western perspective of my own.

You have to learn to learn. Most people dont like You. Its not because You shit in own nest but because it smell.

jens holm

Numbers in IQ are not that low

Peter Wallace

Germany was so sure they were going to wipe Russians off their land so they could take it for themselves. Not sure what happened there , maybe you can help us out on that result. You got big balls that scrape on the ground as you walk but that is only because the US is getting a blow job off your PM.

jens holm

That included all slaves and the rest too apart from the ones as usefull slaves.

Its well descriebed what happend. You seemes to be censured hard.

I will remind You that Russia make them some very needed protections too.

Peter Wallace

jams has no idea of what I say. Away in cuckoo land thinking he knows but still too dumb to know. Why anyone wants to pay you to write your garbage is beyond me. You still get paid jams. You wouldn’t write that garbage unless you were paid too would you jams.

jens holm

I now has two golden bathtubs and bythat need no swimming lessons.

jens holm

You never wonder why for reel but assume a lot of crap.

The Crusaders or many of them saw their territories meant for plundering instead of building up. When there was no more to plunder they by that step by step has lost all support there.

The second crusade and the next was to plunder the Byzantine. Thye did it well so to speak. It wasnt about “against islam”.

Its true they made mistakes in military matter or Salhudin was better.

When I read yours I suddenly remember Khartago. Did the Romans really destroy Kartago – Phoenesia was still there..

jens holm

You dont decide what they need. We elect people for it.

Peter Wallace

Well we all voted and elected for you to go swimming in the Artic for a month or two so get your togs and away you go. Bye jams.

jens holm

Thats how things are. We decided the sun goes down in east, and it does.

We have drone pictures looking at muslims with compasses and GPS. So many put their behinds in the wrong direction. Some even are praying extra saturday with the Jews.

Many jews actually think its a kind of solidarity with them too.


Iran, like North Korea, NEEDS NUKES because they are constantly being attacked and sabotaged by isrealhell and it’s attack dogs, USA

jens holm

what came first. Was it eggs or little childish roosters. Both semees to be amputated by birth too and even prefare the same kind of food.

Peter Wallace

Those Blue Meanies are not doing your head much good are they doodle brain. Hi jams , need a raspberry. you deserve one.

Lance Ripplinger

As the great Ron Paul stated numerous times in his republican runs for U.S. president; all economic sanctions or embargoes are an act of war. Economic sanctions are no different than the old days of doing naval blockades of a countries ports, wherein trade is cutoff and the people are starved. At this point, I don’t think the status quo will ever change in the U.S. Unless Americans wake the f*** up, and clean house, these crimes against humanity will continue.

Last edited 1 month ago by Lance Ripplinger
jens holm

It typical here to use the most extreme americans as if they represented many. Ron Paul was respected but respect is not the same as support.

He is Texas hardly representing USA at all.

You cheat Yourself and get surprice after surprice by spreading that kind of dark among Yourself.

If USA and “West” was like him, we were collpased many years ago. Some might say he should have been an abortion.

Peter Wallace

Yes you are an abortion .

jens holm

Yours only write what they are told or dare tio tell. Its almost as Haram is the same as Ham for You.

You dont learn to share information. You dont look up. And when You look up You use highly biased versions or worse.

Our best Russian friends are in Russia as long as they stay there. They even think we will come and get them. Only cannibals in Our parlaments support something like that.

We could send them to Afghanistan where You celabrate Talebans now are unproductive rulers.

Russians are no ham.


That would benefit the world nicely, but we Americans are far too busy watching the talking heads on TV and the vast majority are locked into it’s diatribe. That vast majority continues to believe…exactly what I’m no longer sure…but we started down this modern slippery-slope when we decided to start believing fairy-tales of magic bullets, patsy assassins and electing Presidents who were crooks, ‘B’ actors, CIA heads, village idiots, backstabbers and reality show conmen. 9/11 is now 20 years ago and we’re no smarter today than then, bickering over 28 pages of deception. As long as the main player in American politics, indeed, in the world is ignored, ain’t nothin gonna change. They control and own the narrative and as long as that TV finds their propaganda daily, the lemmings will continue to the cliffs edge. What is worse, some that really believe they are awake, mostly spout what they see on their preferred web site. No vetting, no investigating who owns them or their associates…just following that which reflects their beliefs. Yeah, there are a lot of us that realize we’re being had every way possible, but few compared the the rest of the herd. People like Ron Paul, Gravel, Trafficant and a handful of others spoke the actual name of the beast and look at what happened to them. Ron Paul might as well be on the moon, as the support he’d get from his own party is nonexistent. We are being force-fed the idea of a civil war now, because Americans can’t come together? In reality, the truth is that we are still being led down the slaughter house path, but all Americans see is a garden path. Cleaning house today would be nearly impossible simply because Americans no longer can think for themselves. The very same can be said of every nation worldwide. Proof? How many leaders are wearing face diapers? Are politicians heeding their peoples anywhere? Cleaning up the American house would be great for America and those we F over. But we ain’t alone is this mess, look at Europe, for one.

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