U.S. Isolated at U.N. as Push to Ramp Up Pressure on Iran Fails
“We don’t need a cheering section,” said Trump’s U.N ambassador. But Washington does need international compliance to make snapback sanctions work.
Trump’s Policies Have Convinced Iran to Build a More Advanced Nuclear Program Before Negotiating
Washington’s reliance on sanctions and maximum pressure will make it harder to strike a new deal constraining Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Sanctions Are Driving Iran and Venezuela Into Each Other’s Arms
Maximum pressure has not destroyed the Iranian economy, and Tehran is now sharing its lessons in resilience with Nicolás Maduro’s beleaguered regime in Caracas.
Trump Can’t Have His Cake and Eat It Too on Iran Sanctions
Washington has no right to impose snapback sanctions on Tehran because it is no longer a participant in the Iran nuclear deal.
Europe Can Preserve the Iran Nuclear Deal Until November
After a humiliating defeat at the U.N. Security Council, Washington will seek snapback sanctions to sabotage what’s left of the nuclear deal. Britain, France, and Germany can still keep it alive until after the U.S. election.
Maximum Pressure May Bring Iran Back to the Table After All
Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, the country is struggling to stay afloat.
Trump Misses Being Part of the Iran Deal
His administration wants to trigger the JCPOA’s snapback mechanism, but he probably can’t do that from the outside.
Iran’s Pact With China Is Bad News for the West
Tehran’s new strategic partnership with Beijing will give the Chinese a strategic foothold and strengthen Iran’s economy and regional clout.
Despite U.S. Sanctions, Iran Expands Its Nuclear Stockpile
Two years after Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has cut in half the time it would need to produce enough weapons-grade fuel for a nuclear bomb.
Why Hassan Rouhani Ended Iran’s Lockdown
The Islamic Republic could face a devastating second wave of coronavirus infections, but keeping the economy closed down without a safety net would have likely led to unrest and collapse.
Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions
With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.
The Coronavirus Is Absolutely No Excuse to Lift Sanctions on Iran
Exploiting Iran's coronavirus crisis to demand an end to sanctions is fundamentally dishonest—and panders to a brutal regime.
Democrats Push Back on Sanctions, Citing Coronavirus Fears
They want waivers to speed medical supplies and humanitarian aid to Iran and other sanctioned nations hit hard by the pandemic.
U.N. Calls for Rolling Back Sanctions to Battle Pandemic
Secretary-General Guterres says it’s time for “solidarity not exclusion.”
As Coronavirus Spreads, Iranian Doctors Fear the Worst
Iran’s political and economic isolation hasn’t stopped COVID-19—but sanctions are threatening to turn an outbreak into a catastrophe.
Europe Puts What Remains of the JCPOA in Limbo
By triggering the Iran deal’s dispute resolution mechanism, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom are hoping to push the sides back to the negotiating table—but they may escalate instead.
Europe Is Running Out of Time to Save the Iran Deal
After initiating a dispute resolution process, European leaders have a limited window to provide Iran with meaningful economic relief and seek to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes
Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.