The United States government warned Iran on Thursday to open their nuclear programs for greater inspection and come up with concrete plans to slow down uranium enrichment or face tougher sanctions, which have already crippled the Iranian economy.
Secretary of State John Kerry responded to the critics of US-Iran negotiations by saying that “U.S. would not be played for suckers” by Hassan Rouhani’s conciliatory tone.
Over the past few weeks, the Iranian President reinforced through his speeches that his country was not building any nuclear weapons, adding that his government was willing to carry out negotiations with world powers, including the United States.
Rouhani’s promises were widely doubted, especially by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who deemed Iran’s diplomatic efforts as hypocritical. Netanyahu also advised U.S. President Barack Obama not to ease sanctions on Iran prematurely.
And that’s exactly what the U.S. intends to do. Kerry said that in order to carry out “successful diplomacy,” the Iranian government must come up with concrete actions “and not just words” to ease U.S. concerns that it might be developing nuclear weapons.
It was also announced that the U.S. is planning a new sanctions package later this month that would reportedly aim toward eliminating all Iranian petroleum sales worldwide by 2015.
It’s a well-known fact that the U.S. sanctions on Iran have already crippled the economy of the latter country. According to data received from a Gallup poll in July, half of Iranians lack adequate money for food, and shelter due to international sanctions.
Is successful diplomacy, then, possible between the two countries under the threat of even more sanctions that can worsen the economic conditions of Iran where fifty percent of the populace has to struggle for basic necessities such as food and shelter?