“Sanctions hurting but not stopping nuclear drive”

“Sanctions hurting but not stopping nuclear drive”
April 29-May 8, 2009
     Both parties of the US Congress are supporting additional sanctions targeting Iran’s oil and energy sectors (Associated Press), areas where development has been hindered by lack of access to vital Western technology and assistance (Middle East Business Intelligence). However, the CIA has reported that UN sanctions have not stopped Iran from producing more low-enriched uranium and developing its centrifuge technology (Washington Times).
     Bernd Debusmann argues that additional sanctions will simply hurt Iranian citizens without leading to changes in policy, creating resentment among Iranians against Washington rather than Tehran, especially as the nuclear issue has become a matter of national pride (Reuters). The Khaleej Times writes that while Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces criticisms over Iran’s economy and international isolation, the nuclear program itself maintains widespread domestic support (Khaleej Times).
Associated Press | Middle East Business Intelligence | Washington Times | Reuters | Khaleej Times

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