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Iran Working To Undo Sanctions

Late last week, we learned that Iran had given the high hat to the IAEA. Now we see that it is assiduously working to undo the sanctions regime:

The Iranians said they had been engaged in talks with Russia, a member of the group of big powers negotiating with Tehran, about economic cooperation in energy, which could undercut the sanctions. South Africa, a former Iranian oil customer that has honored the sanctions in deference to Western pressure, said that, after talks with an Iranian delegation, it hoped to resume imports in three months.

Given the open enmity now existing between Russia and the West—which at least in part reflects Russia’s general contempt for the institutions of the current world order—Iran may well have a good shot at working with Russia to thwart sanctions.

And it’s worth noting in all of this that Iran probably has less than zero worries about any military confrontation with the United States over any of this as President Obama launches a war he doesn’t really want in Syria and Iraq—a war in which Iranian troops will probably be shooting at some of the same targets as U.S. warplanes.

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  • Fat_Man

    My guess is that Obama thinks this is a feature, not a bug.

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