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Surviving Sanctions, Iran Girds For Further Economic War

Iran is not cracking under sanctions, writes Mohammad Ali Shabani, who suggests the Islamic Republic is preparing for extended economic warfare with the West. 
An oil production platform is reflected on the sunglasses of an Iranian worker at the Soroush oil fields in the Persian Gulf, 1,250 km (776 miles) south of the capital Tehran, July 25, 2005. Picture taken July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi  CJF/KS

Amid the continuing stalemate over Iran’s nuclear program, various narratives have emerged about the sanctions and their impact. The dominant one in Western policy circles and mainstream media is that the sanctions are making Iran crack. This reinforces the view that time is on the side of the Western members of the P5+1 and that concessions Iran deems necessary for progress on the nuclear issue shouldn’t be on the table.

However, a sound understanding of the sanctions’ impact on Iran’s behavior is only possible if the actual situation in Tehran is properly assessed.

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