US Senator Graham: Continued business between Iran, Europe is ‘disgraceful’
Europe has an “appeasement gene” when it comes to facing Iran, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham wrote on his official Twitter account on Wednesday, stressing that they need to join the US in their fight against Iranian expansionism and their nuclear weapons program.
“While Europe may not hear the Iranian people’s cries for a better life, President @realDonaldTrump and many of us in Congress certainly do,” Graham wrote.
It is shameful and disgraceful that European nations insist on doing business with the murderous regime of the Ayatollah and continue to ignore the pleas of the Iranian people.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 8, 2018
Graham went on to say that it was “shameful and disgraceful” that countries in Europe continue to do business with Iran.
Senior US officials have been leading the efforts to pressure European partners over their business ties with Iran. The Trump administration announced that it will not hesitate to sanction those who violate the new sanctions, warning that international banking institutions and even top US banks could be hit with sanctions for not complying.
When it comes to confronting evil there appears to be an ‘appeasement’ gene in European politics which -- throughout history -- has led to the deaths of tens of millions people.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 8, 2018
“We’ve seen company after company announce that they are getting out of Iran,” the officials said. “This pressure is already working.”
US officials said that more than 100 international firms have already agreed to leave the Iranian market.
The snapback sanctions are meant to target Iran’s purchases of US dollars, metals trading and other dealings, coal, industrial-related software and its auto sector.
I urge European leaders to get behind President Trump’s efforts to economically isolate the Ayatollah and stand firmly with the Iranian people to once and for all end this murderous regime.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 8, 2018
A popular chant in Iran’s boiling protests is “death to the dictator”, where it even reached football stadiums and spread to squares across the country.
“To Make Iran Great Again, Dump the Ayatollah,” Graham said.