For many of these states, economic sanctions are viewed as a middle-of-the-road approach, offering more potential pressure than diplomatic engagement, while avoiding some of the possible drawbacks from a military strike. Although sanctions are not without certain flaws or limitations, many believe that sanctions, with proper implementation, offer the only credible means of influencing the Iranian nuclear program in any significant form.
The social and economic effects of sanctions have also been severe,  with even those who doubt their efficacy, such as John Boltondescribing the EU sanctions, in particular, as "tough, even brutal. According to the Arms Control Associationthe international arms embargo against Iran is slowly reducing Iran's military capabilities, largely due to its dependence on Russian and Chinese military assistance.
The only substitute is to find compensatory measures requiring more time and money, and which are less effective. This has weakened Iranian civil society and strengthened the state. The rate increase was a setback for Ahmadinejad, who had been using below-inflation rates to provide cheap loans to the poor, though naturally Iranian bankers were delighted by the increase.
Prior attempts to reduce Iran's oil income failed because many vessels are often managed by companies outside the United States and the EU; however, EU actions in January extended the ban to ship insurance. This insurance ban will affect 95 percent of the tanker fleet because their insurance falls under rules governed by European law.
According to Steinitz, Iran would be forced to accept only cash or gold, which is impossible when dealing with billions of dollars. Steinitz told the Israeli cabinet that Iran's economy might collapse as a result.
The results of this fall led to a drop in revenues and clashes on the streets of Tehran when the local currency, the rialcollapsed. The output in September was Iran's lowest since Politics of Iran 94 Iranian Parliamentarians signed a formal request to have Ahmadinejad appear before the Majles parliament to answer questions about the currency crisis.
The Supreme Leader terminated the parliament's request in order to unify the government in the face of international pressure. His ideologies seem to have alienated a large portion of the parliament, and stand in contrast to the standpoint of the Supreme Leader.
Kenneth Katzman, for the Congressional Research Servicelisted the following factors as major examples of economic mismanagement on the part of the Iranian government: This is close to the estimates of energy analysts, which put Iran's sales at the end of in a range of 1 mbd to 1.
Reducing Iran's sales further might depend on whether U. Iran has been storing some unsold oil on tankers in the Persian Gulfand it is building new storage tanks on shore. Iran has stored excess oil 21 million barrels, according to Citigroup Global Markets to try to keep production levels up—shutting down wells risks harming them and it is costly and time consuming to resume production at a well that has been shut.
However, since JulyIran reportedly has been forced to shut down some wells, and overall oil production has fallen to about 2. Analysts at one outside group, the Foundation for the Defense of Democraciesbelieve Iran's hard currency reserves might be exhausted entirely by July at current rates of depletion.
Compounding the loss of oil sales by volume is that many of its oil transactions reportedly are now conducted on a barter basis—or in exchange for gold, which is hard currency but harder to use than cash is.
In addition, the 6 Februaryimposition of sanctions on Iran's ability to repatriate hard currency could cause the depletion rate to increase. On 15 OctoberIran said that to try to stretch its hard currency reserve, it would not supply hard currency for purchases of luxury goods such as cars or cellphones the last 2 of the government's 10 categories of imports, ranked by their importance.
The government is still supplying hard currency for essential and other key imports. Importers for essential goods can obtain dollars at the official rate of 12, to the dollar, and importers of other key categories of goods can obtain dollars at a new rate of 28, to the dollar.
The government has also threatened to arrest the unofficial currency traders who sell dollars at less than the rate of about 28, to the dollar. The few unofficial traders that remain active are said to be trading at approximately that rate so as not to risk arrest.
Some Iranians and outside economists worry that hyperinflation might result.
Almost all Iranian factories depend on imports and the currency collapse has made it difficult for Iranian manufacturing to operate. Beyond the issue of the cost of imported goods, the Treasury Department's designations of affiliates and ships belong to Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines IRISL reportedly are harming Iran's ability to ship goods at all, and have further raised the prices of goods to Iranian import-export dealers.
Some ships have been impounded by various countries for nonpayment of debts due on them. Suggesting Iran's operating budget is already struggling; some reports say the government has fallen behind in its payments to military personnel and other government workers.
Others say the government has begun "means testing" in order to reduce social spending payments to some of the less needy families. Phase one of that program began in December after several years of debate and delay, and was praised for rationalizing gasoline prices.
Before the subsidy phase out, gasoline was sold for about 40 cents per gallon. Iran produces cars for the domestic market, such as the Khodrobased on licenses from European auto makers such as Renault and Peugeot.
The currency collapse has largely overtaken the findings of an IMF forecast, released in Octoberwhich Iran would return to economic growth inafter a small decline in However, this trend generally benefits the urban elite.
Petroleum industry in Iran According to the U. Opening Iran's market place to foreign investment could also be a boon to competitive U. Energy Department warned that imposing oil embargoes on Iran would increase world oil prices by widening the gap between supply and demand.Introduction.
The United States, United Nations, and European Union have levied multiple sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program since the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), the UN. The agreement imposing restrictions and allowing international scrutiny of Iran’s nuclear program faces a critical test on May 12, when waivers that keep U.S.
sanctions lifted are due for renewal. More to the point, the group also concluded that such a U.S. strike would likely unify the Iranian public behind the government, and break the hard-won international consensus behind economic sanctions and against Iran’s nuclear program.
The UN Security Council passed a number of resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran, following the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency Board of Governors regarding Iran's non-compliance with its safeguards agreement and the Board's finding that Iran's nuclear activities raised questions within the competency of the Security Council..
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