Time now for the European Union to stand up against US sanctions on Iran

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'The failure by the EU to push for an annulment of US sanctions is a shocking indictment of its own impotence.' Opinion | MartinRJay

The British media of late seems to be obsessed with Italy and how it is coping with the corona virus. Tomes of newspaper articles have followed up, it seems, on one simple but moving live TV interview with a doctor there who fought to hold back the tears as he spoke of those who have died and how doctors and nurses cannot cope with the epidemic.

How did we just stop reporting on the biggest sufferer, by far, of the virus and how Trump’s sanctions are just throwing gasoline onto the fire? How will we in the West, or indeed Trump supporters, sleep at night though? How will we recount to our children and grandchildren how the “war” on the corona virus actually meant that sanctions which we all support mean that thousands more Iranians drop deal like flies because of the nefarious undertone and intention of the sanctions?

Surely the real story is how the EU – and individual EU governments - has not sent medical aid to Iran? Or rather that US sanctions are preventing such initiatives? As absurd as it sounds, the top people in the Trump administration see the corona virus crisis in Iran as an opportunity to seize.

 

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