Iran sanctions architect under former President Barack Obama Richard Nephew made fun of the new embargos against Tehran, stressing that Washington cannot strengthen influence on the Eastern country because the United States has already tethered.
“Practically, I’m struggling to see how this meaningfully adds to the pressure already in place,” Nephew commented on the new sanctions on Twitter on Friday.
“The practical consequence” of the further step confused him, as well.
The US Department of the Treasury said in a press release on Friday that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) had begun working against the CBI, the National Development Fund of Iran (NDF), and Etemad Tejarate Pars Co. under its counterterrorism watchful eye.
Speaking out at the White House on Friday, US President Donald Trump announced that the new restrictions are considered to be the «highest sanctions ever imposed on a foreign country.»
Nephew mocked Trump’s announcements, adding, “This is even odder. Did we designate the IRGC today? Oh wow, man, that would be a BIG step…if we hadn’t done it over a decade ago. And CBI too? Wow, I mean, if that wasn’t part of the FY12 NDAA.”
Iran’s Central Bank Head Abdolnaser Hemmati did not remain aside and call the new sanctions a sign of Washington’s disadvantage of making «leverage.»
«The US administration sanctioning the central bank again shows how empty their hands are in finding leverage against Iran,» Hemmati noted.
On Thursday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said, “We are witnessing a state of confusion in America’s foreign policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran. A new deal with them under the current circumstances seems unlikely.”
Natalia Veselnitskaya — official website