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Failed Trump Regime Maximum Pressure on Iran

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Decades of US war on Iran by other means failed to break its ability to effectively resist hostile policies against the nation and its people.

Trump’s maximum pressure failed because of its inability to create international consensus against the nation and JCPOA nuclear deal.

Russia, China, EU countries, and most others want it preserved, isolating the US on this issue — except for Israel and a few Gulf states.

Despite nearly four years of failed policies against Iran, a previous article discussed the Trump regime’s intention to add more illegal sanctions on the country from now through January 20 inauguration day.

Pompeo announced new ones on Wednesday against the charitable Foundation of the Oppressed (Bonyad Mostazafan), its subsidiaries and individuals connected to it, along with Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi and two IRGC officials.

In response, spokesman for Tehran’s UN mission Alireza Miryousefi called the new sanctions the latest “sign of desperation” by the Trump regime, adding:

“These latest attempts to continue a failed policy of ‘maximum pressure’ against Iran and its citizens will fail, just as all other attempts have.”

Foundation head Parviz Fattah tweeted:

“The struggle of the declining US government cannot impact the foundation’s anti-sanction activities and its productivity.”

Trump is “a loser and disturbed person.”

Failed US war by other means on Iran and other nations is further evidence of its imperial decline.

Sanctions almost never work. When imposed they’re politically motivated.

Free from US control, Iran, China, and Russia are stronger and more resilient today than when Trump took office.

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Trump regime tried “to create social tension in our country and disrupt security, but they failed in all their goals,” adding:

“The sanctions have failed to break us…Thank God, our economic and social conditions are improving.”

Days earlier he said:

“All signs in the US and elsewhere…indicate that the world has come to realize that maximum pressure does not work and its era is over.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted:

The Trump regime’s “max pressure policy reached a max failure.”

Separately, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the following on Wednesday:

“The US is definitely in no position to set out conditions for us.” 

“As a UN member and a permanent member of the UN Security Council, the US is duty-bound to implement (SC) Resolution 2231.” 

Adopted on July 15, 2015, it unanimously endorsed the JCPOA. 

The Trump regime illegally abandoned it in May 2018, one of its many breaches of international and US constitutional law.

“If (Res. 2231) is implemented, the sanctions will be removed,” Zarif added. 

“Iran has announced that in that case, it will resume honoring its commitments under the JCPOA” as before.

“(I)f the US meets its commitments under Resolution 2231, we will fulfill ours…”

“Second, if the US seeks to join the JCPOA again, we are ready to negotiate the terms and conditions of Washington’s membership in the deal.”

Zarif believes that “the US has no other option but to return to the JCPOA and fulfill its commitments, as Iranians’ resistance doomed the ‘maximum pressure’ campaign to failure.” 

“Although we have suffered costs in this period, our people told the US that the continuation of such a policy will earn it nothing.”

Although UN Charter Article 25 mandates world body member states “to accept and carry out the decisions of the Security Council,” the US consistently and repeatedly goes its own way in defiance of the rule of law.

If Biden/Harris succeed Trump in January, it’s highly likely that the new regime will want Iran to go along with unacceptable demands as a precondition for the US returning to the JCPOA.

Years of negotiating preceded its adoption by P5 countries, Germany and Security Council members.

Clearly, Iran won’t agree to changing its core provisions. If demands otherwise are made, they’ll no doubt be rejected.

At this time, whether the US returns to the JCPOA is unknown.

What’s clear is that no matter witch right wing of its war party runs things, hardline US policies toward Iran — and other independent countries — will remain unchanged and unable to achieve their aims.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.