Senior American Officials Call For Policy Change on Iran

Monday, April 22, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House on July 1, 2010, during the signing of the Iran Sanctions Bill, which will limit business done with Iran due to their nuclear program. (Brendan Smialowski/Getty)

Since 1979, when Iranian students stormed the US embassy in Tehran to take American diplomats hostage, the US has issued sanctions on trade with Iran. Later the EU and the UN follow suit. Sanctions were beefed up in 2006 by the UN Security Council when the International Atomic Energy Agency found that Iran had not been declaring its nuclear activities to regulators.

The goal of these sanctions is to support diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the disagreements with Iran without having to resort to violent means. In this case, the UN is trying to entice Iran to suspend its nuclear enrichment program.

But a new report called the Iran Project, and signed by senior American officials, questions the efficacy of the sanctions. The report argues that sanctions against Iran are backfiring and not reinforcing diplomatic efforts. It also blames the sanctions for corruption, repression, and alienation among Iranians toward the US. 

 Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Congressman Lee H. Hamilton, were among the high-ranking signatories of the report.

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Congressman Lee H. Hamilton, were among the high-ranking signatories of the report. They are both here with us today to discuss the project.

Guests:

Lee Hamilton and Ambassador Thomas Pickering

Produced by:

Tyler Adams and Jessica Miller

Comments [3]

listener

"...the US has issued sanctions on trade with Iran. Later the EU and the UN followed suit.. "

After the corrupt Oil for Food program with Iraq in the 1990's
what gives these sanctions any credibility?

Apr. 22 2013 01:52 PM
Frank Kelland from Austin, TX

I think that most Americans do not understand Iran's antipathy toward the U.S. This situation will only change if we normalize relations with Iran. Let us be courageous and extend the olive branch.

Apr. 22 2013 01:20 PM
Hass from NYC

How does the author know what "the goal" of the sanctions are? Is he privy to the secrets of the White House? No, he's just promoting propaganda. The goal of the sanctions is to lead up to and justify a war and to impose regime-change. Even former IAEA head ElBaradei said so: "They (EU &US) weren't interested in a compromise but sought regime-change, by any means necessary." http://news.antiwar.com/2011/04/20/elbaradei-us-europe-werent-interested-in-compromise-with-iran/

Apr. 22 2013 07:40 AM

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