US policies are major reason for Iran’s economic struggles

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Dr. T. Douglas Reilly

We hear daily of increased pressure on Iran, more sanctions; threats to other countries, including some friends, if they purchase Iranian oil; etc. Of course, we’re told the sanctions are not targeted at the Iranian people; poppycock! The Iranian economy is poor and becoming worse. Our policies are not the only factor, but they are a significant part.

The Iran Nuclear Deal, JCPOA, was excellent; Iran gave up more than I ever expected of them. The agreement blocked every possible way for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. It is my opinion that Iran was much further from producing a nuclear device than we were told. I base this on following the Iranian program for many years and extensive interaction with Iranian friends, including all the Iranian IAEA inspectors.This agreement relieved some of the sanctions on Iran.

The USA returned billions of dollars that were Iranian funds a US court had ruled must eventually be returned to them. Our pull out from the JCPOA was ill advised and definitely harmed the Iranian economy.

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