Up until a few days ago, Tehran was looking towards the West, towards any flimsy hope that can change its fate as it was hoping that a crisis like the murder of Jamal Khashoggi may push American President Donald Trump to postpone his decision to impose the most dangerous round of sanctions on it, if not back down completely from the decision.
The sanctions went into effect after midnight the day before yesterday. President Trump hence solidified his project to pressure Iran, and he indirectly kept his strategic ties with Saudi Arabia, which lays at the heart of the Iran oil boycott. Tehran got angry and Riyadh breathed a sigh of relief.
The sanctions are harmful to the Tehran regime as they limit the selling of more than half of its oil immediately, prohibiting it from trading via America’s banking system and preventing Tehran’s clients from using the dollar.
What’s required from Iran in this new American attack on Tehran is to pledge that it will abstain from building a nuclear program that militarily qualifies it to attain nuclear weapons. The current deal only prohibits it for ten yearsAbdulrahman al-Rashed