U.S. toughens its stance on Iran sanctions exemptions: source
US toughens sanctions against Iran
The new sanctions are intended to ensure &# 171; concrete progress&# 187; in the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program
STATE DEPARTMENT – The Obama administration has said new sanctions against Iran are designed to provide “concrete progress” in talks on that country’s nuclear program, which will resume later this month in Kazakhstan..
New sanctions limit Iran’s ability to use oil revenues, forcing Tehran to spend these funds only in countries that buy Iranian oil.
The Iranian state broadcaster is banned from using the American financial system because Washington believes the company is censoring. Iranian agencies responsible for ensuring cybersecurity and exercising control over the information space are denied access to the US financial system, because, according to the administration, they block broadcasts from abroad and use social networks to hunt down opposition.
“We hope that after the application of the most severe sanctions in history and under increasing pressure from the international community, Iran will finally sit down at the negotiating table and propose something new …”
Victoria Nuland, US Department of State.
According to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, these steps are intended to force Iran to sit down at the negotiating table, which should begin in Kazakhstan on February 26. Negotiations with Iran will be continued by 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Great Britain, China, France and Russia, as well as Germany.
“We hope that, after the application of the most severe sanctions in history and under increasing pressure from the international community, Iran will finally sit down at the negotiating table and propose something new, and that this round will give them a real opportunity to discuss substantive issues.”.
Iran claims its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes, and refuses to cooperate with international inspections sent to the country by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
According to Nuland, the Obama administration and US allies want the talks in Kazakhstan to “make concrete progress on issues of concern to the international community, and that these talks will not be an end in themselves.”.
“Iran can seize this opportunity and change course, especially since we have made it clear that the international community intends to continue to increase pressure.”.
The United States has already stripped Iran of some of its oil revenues, urging its allies to cut Iranian oil imports.