Originally published in The Guardian.
By AIC Board Member Sir Richard Dalton
The US has declared economic war on Iran: after having pulled out <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/08/iran-deal-trump-withdraw-us-latest-news-nuclear-agreement> of the UN security council-endorsed nuclear deal in May, the Trump administration is now unilaterally combating <https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/05/iran-launches-military-drill-response-return-us-sanctions> the right of the rest of the world to engage in legal trade with the Islamic Republic.
This policy is based on the claim that Iran is a major security threat to the American people. But that is transparently exaggerated. And the statement by Mike Pompeo that sanctions will be used to ensure Iran “behaves like a normal country<https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/news/2018/8/6/behave-like-a-normal-country-pompeo-tells-iran>” is unintentionally ironic.