Surprise, surprise: U.S. President Obama prolongs Iran Non-Nuclear Sanctions
On 03 November 2016, U.S. President Obama extended the national state of emergency against Iran.
In his letter to Congress, President Obama motivated his decision to prolong the state of national emergency because “[U.S.] relations with Iran have not yet returned to normal, and the process of implementing the agreements with Iran, dated January 19, 1981, is still under way.”
Note that this state of national emergency is one of the longest in U.S. history. It goes back to the Iran Hostage, whereby in 1979 former President Carter adopted the first gulf of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
It’s no surprise that President Obama prolonged the state of national emergency. Since 1979, the bilateral relations between the two countries has, to put it mildly, been rocky. In regard to the recently adopted JCPOA, despite the hammering of Iranian indignation, it was clear that only the nuclear related sanctions would be uplifted by the U.S.
Let’s see what the next U.S. President will do, whoever this may be ….