WASHINGTON/TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Washington’s bid to pressure Iran with sanctions has failed to achieve its objectives and has even backfired, U.S.-based Foreign Policy (FP) magazine says.
Despite the United States’ "enthusiasm” for recent violent riots in Iran as a "vindication” of the success of its "maximum pressure” campaign, Iran has responded in equal terms to counter Washington, the leading publication wrote.
"Iran has responded to the U.S. administration’s maximum pressure campaign with a maximum pressure campaign of its own,” it said, citing Iran’s suspension of its nuclear commitments and the country’s growing regional and military strength.
Washington has sought sanctions to weaken Iran’s economy and incite internal strife and topple the country’s government, despite the Trump administration’s "half-hearted” denial of seeking "regime change” in the country, FP wrote.
According to the magazine, certain voices in Washington have called "for what amounts to violent revolution” in Iran, with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo openly expressing support for violent rioters during recent economic protests in Iran.
"Those calling for U.S. pressure to increase until the regime collapses are calling for what amounts to violent revolution,” it said.
One prominent supporter of increased economic pressure, Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, candidly acknowledged last week that if you double down, "You have to be prepared for a major escalation.”
"That’s true, and it’s also playing with fire—other people’s fire. Those most likely to be burned are those the Trump administration purports to want to help,” the magazine said.
Contrary to Washington’s thinking, however, violent protests in Iran will never achieve their objectives and rather "backfire”, FP added.
The magazine cited Iran’s downing of an intruding American spy drone in June and its apprehension of a British oil tanker in July as instances disproving Washington’s wishful thinking of forcing Iran into submission through sanctions and pressure.
Tehran also suspended a number of its key commitments under the multilateral 2015 nuclear deal in response to the failure of the accord’s European signatories in upholding their commitments to Iran amid U.S. attempts to sabotage the deal.
On Wednesday, Washington announced new sanctions targeting Iran’s largest airline and the country’s shipping line, but spokesman of Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization Reza Jafarzadeh said the measures will not affect the country’s airline activity.
"Although the sanctions will impose added pressure, but they will not hinder the development of the industry and the reparation and maintenance of the planes,” he said.
Washington’s sanctions against Iran, he said, were not something new and that the airline industry has been prepared for such measures.
An informed source told Tasnim news agency that the new sanctions were aimed at disrupting trade ties between Iran and Oman.
The new measures were introduced a few days after the two countries signed a significant accord deal facilitating maritime trade between Tehran and Muscat.
"Such measures, however, will have no fundamental effect on Iran’s regional activities and it will not hinder Iran’s ties with Oman,” the source said.