U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin communicates to the press that the US will proceed with ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Iran; President Trump has no intentions of meeting with President Rouhani at UN General Assembly; Mnuchin: We have cut off their money, and that’s the reason why, if they do come back to the negotiation table, they’re coming back.
Despite the recent departure of National Security Advisor John Bolton from the Trump Administration, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has communicated to the press that the White House has zero intentions of softening its stance regarding the maximum pressure campaign on Iran.
A short study of comments from the Iranians regarding Bolton will reveal exactly how they felt about his actions. John Bolton was unwavering in his stance regarding economic sanctions on the number one sponsor of terror. Perhaps they were breathing a sigh of relief in the wake of his departure, but if I were Iran, I wouldn’t hold my breath.
Ever since the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May of 2018, or the Iran Nuclear Deal, Iran has done nothing but go on the defensive. In fact, they’ve only proven what their intentions have been all along. Evidence indicates that Iran has been developing their nuclear arsenal all along. The only difference today is that they’re outspoken regarding their violations of the agreement.
Speaking to the impact of the economic sanctions and how they’ve crumbled the Iranian economy, Mnuchin stated, “We have cut off their money, and that’s the reason why, if they do come back to the negotiation table, they’re coming back,”. Furthermore, in addressing the potential for future negotiations, Mnuchin added, “If the president can get the right deal that he’s talked about, we’ll negotiate with Iran. If not, we’ll continue the maximum pressure campaign”.