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The United States tried Thursday to bend Iran by completing the suffocation of its economy, while their campaign of "maximum pressure" did not allow Donald Trump to obtain the "best deal" he hoped with Tehran.

With less than four weeks before the election for which he is running for a second term, the US president has resolved to announce a measure pushed by the anti-Iran hawks to permanently cut the Iranian financial sector from the rest of the world.

Today's moves to blacklist the Iranian financial sector and sanction 18 of Iran's major banks illustrates our commitment to stop illicit access to US dollarsUS Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

Our campaign of maximum economic pressure will continue as long as Iran does not agree to conclude a comprehensive negotiation that addresses the regime's nefarious behavior., warned Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, specifying that these sanctions would come into force in 45 days, that is to say after the US presidential election on November 3, but before the winner takes office, the January 20.

According to Behnam Ben Taleblu of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, which argued for a radical line, there were still several points of contact between the Iranian financial sector and the international financial system, and it was time to disconnect them.

Many observers, as well as European diplomats, fear that these new sanctions will further reduce Iran's possibility of acquiring deemed property. humanitarian, although Washington assures that they are subject to exemptions.

Ironically, on Wednesday again the US State Department pretended to be alarmed at the new death records due to the coronavirus in Iran, and proposed its assistance to the enemy country.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American regime wants to destroy our last channels to pay for food and medicine, denounced the head of Iranian diplomacy Mohammad Javad Zarif on Twitter.

The Iranians will survive this latest cruelty, but conspiring to starve a people is a crime against humanity.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

President Trump withdrew the United States from the international Iran nuclear agreement in 2018, deeming this text concluded three years earlier insufficient to prevent Tehran from acquiring the atomic bomb and to put an end to its behavior destabilizer in the Middle-East. In the process, he re-established, then toughened, all the American sanctions lifted in 2015.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York

Photo: Reuters / Carlo Allegri

Extreme penalties

These punitive measures strangle the Iranian economy, since they are accompanied by so-called sanctions secondary : Any country or company that continues to trade with Iran risks being denied access to the vast US market and financial sector.

But an attempt to also unilaterally impose the return of UN sanctions seems to have fizzled out, faced with resistance from most of the other great powers.

The Trump administration had advertised as a goal to bend the Islamic Republic so that it change of attitude and negotiate a better deal. But as the end of the Republican billionaire's first term nears, she has not achieved any progress on either front.

Electoral issue?

The candidate president now assures that the Iranian authorities will agree to negotiate, but after the American poll. It remains to be seen whether it will be with him or with Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

The latter continues to praise the validity of the 2015 agreement, signed when he was vice-president of Barack Obama and which is also still defended by the European allies of Washington.

His running mate Kamala Harris, during his debate Wednesday against Republican Vice President Mike Pence, said that the withdrawal of the agreement had allowed Iran to acquire of what could result in a large nuclear arsenal.

Because of Donald Trump's unilateral diplomatic approach, and his isolationism, he got us out of it and made America less secure, she lamented.

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