United States Government Imposes More Sanctions on Iran

On March 8, 2023, the United States Treasury Department announced a new round of sanctions on various Iranian officials and institutions for their alleged human rights abuses directed against women. 

Two leading commanders from the Iranian Army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were slapped with sanctions. Three Iranian companies and their directors in addition to two prison officials  were placed on the sanctions lists. 

US Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson declared in a statement that “the United States, along with our partners and allies, stand with the women of Iran.”

Nelson noted that the US government will continue to sanction the Iranian government and blamed it of “abuse and violence against its own citizens.”

The US Treasury Department said it acted in coordination with the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Australia to launch these sanctions on International Women’s Day.

According to Press TV, the recent sanctions package against Iran is the 10th round of sanctions that the US Treasury Department has imposed on Iran since the middle of September when nationwide protests broke out after the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini. 

Iranian authorities have largely blamed foreign actors such as the US, UK, and Saudi Arabia for fomenting unrest nationwide. 

At some point, US policymakers will have to come to grips with the reality that their sanctions war against Iran are not working. In fact, not only is the Iranian regime alive and well, it’s now beginning to pact with China and Russia to form a powerful concert of Eurasian powers that will no longer tolerate Western encroachments in their geopolitical domain. 

That’s the world of multipolarity for you. One has to wonder if Western decision-makers have caught up with this reality and will even bother to adjust it. If history has taught us anything, it’s that their arrogance will prevent them from adjusting to the new realities of geopolitcal multipolarity. 

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