Last spring, two weeks after the Trump Administration withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – the international arms control deal that curbed Tehran’s nuclear program – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced a new approach to Iran that, he vowed, included history’s most ‘draconian’ sanctions. This renewed economic warfare and a long list of political and military preconditions for talks were soon labeled a “maximum pressure” strategy.
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