On Monday, August 6th, President Trump signed an executive order reimposing a large number of economic sanctions on Iran, effective immediately.
U.S. sanctions against Iran had previously been eased under the terms of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. President Trump withdrew from the deal in May.
In a statement Monday, the president reiterated his belief that both the 2015 deal and its subsequent sanction relief for Iran were unacceptable, and that international allies should follow the United States’ example by similarly reducing economic relations with Iran.
The decision to reimpose sanctions has been met with opposition from many European government officials, who have stated that the Iran deal's sanction relief was successfully serving its intended purposes.
Food For Thought
Will the restored Iran sanctions lead to political reform, or do they impose unnecessary pain?