Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported once again that Iran had defied U.N. Security Council demands to stop enriching uranium. And in response, the United States once again demanded that international sanctions against Iran be made more severe.
This call for sanctions -- which has become routine by now -- would be a lot more credible if it were not for a one embarrassing fact: The United States now lags many other countries in enforcing sanctions that the U.N. Security Council has already approved. One of the few real penalties to survive previous rounds of council negotiation over sanctions is an asset freeze on Iranian entities involved in missile and nuclear work. Yet of the 50 entities listed in Security Council Resolutions 1737 and 1747, the United States has frozen the assets of only 12 (pdf file). The European Union, by contrast, has frozen the assets of all entities named in both resolutions (see here, here and here). ...
To read the rest, sign up to try World Politics Review
- TWO WEEKS FREE.
- Cancel any time.
- After two weeks, just $11.99 monthly or $94.99/year.
Request a free trial for your office or school. Everyone at a given site can get access through our institutional subscriptions.
- The Realist Prism: Obama’s Muddled Messaging Encourages U.S. Allies to Free Ride
- Global Insights: Low-Key Caspian Sea Summit Has Far-Reaching Implications
- France Joins Fight Against Islamic State Group to Revive Ties to Iraq
- China's Yuan Boosted by U.K. Bond Deal, but Won't Rival Dollar—Yet
- World Citizen: Chile Bombings Threaten Nonviolent Anarchist Movement’s Gains