The Impact of Harder-Hitting Sanctions on Iran

The U.S. moved this week to apply even more pressure on Iran to end its involvement in illicit activities around the world by announcing that the U.S. State Department will no longer grant sanctions waivers to countries that import Iranian oil.   

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made the announcement on Monday, saying that any country that does business with the U.S. will have to find alternative oil sources, or face U.S. sanctions for which they previously enjoyed waivers.

Ratcheting up the pressure on Iran has led some experts to express concern that such measures are moving the U.S. toward a war footing with Iran.

We spoke with Cipher Brief Expert and former National Mission Manager for Iran at ODNI, Norm Roule about what this means and what to expect longer term.

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