With the deadline for a final Iranian nuclear deal on its way, and so many other troubling issues having reared their heads, yet another has arisen. Commentary's Jonathan Tobin writes that the latest breakdown in sanctions against Iran shows yet again that the Islamic Republic has no intention of sticking to any agreement:
The economic sanctions that brought Iran to the table are already breaking down. As Eli Lake reports at BloombergView, the delivery of nine used commercial airliners in Iran for use by Mahan Air illustrates that the ground on which Obama is standing is falling apart.
If sanctions can’t be kept now, why would Iran give in on any of these issues, let alone fear they would be re-imposed later?
The airliner deal that Lake discusses is important because, as he notes, the U.S. Treasury Department has targeted Mahan Air in the past because of its ties to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. But now apparently, all is forgiven and the company’s efforts to bolster its fleet are not being interfered with by the U.S. or its allies.
The efforts of Russia, which has already announced the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Iran, and China to undermine the sanctions to which they have only reluctantly endorsed, are well known. So, too, if the fact that Western Europe has been chomping at the bit to buy Iranian oil as well as do business in the country.
As I wrote last month, even American companies are now eagerly preparing to dive back into the Iranian market.
The impact of these efforts will be felt once a deal is signed and create a huge and powerful constituency against any effort to hold Iran accountable for its compliance with the weak nuclear deal or to re-impose sanctions should Tehran chose to cheat on the easily evaded restrictions in the pact...