The pledge by the Obama administration to snap back Iran sanctions is not “feasible” because the world is no longer following Washington’s dictates, says an American analyst.
Sara Flounders, with the American Action Center, made the remarks when asked about Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s statement on the so-called snapback mechanism for sanctions.
Sen. Capito said on Saturday that it would be “next to impossible” to reverse course on Iran sanctions once they are lifted in accordance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached in Vienna.
“The president has said that sanctions will go back into effect if Iran violates this agreement, but let’s be clear, reversing course will be next to impossible,” she said during the GOP’s weekly address.
The world is “no longer willing” to follow Washington’s demands and this is why the provision of “snapback sanctions” is almost impossible to implement, Flounders told Press TV on Saturday.
“This is an important accomplishment of Iran at this time and I think this continuing policy of threatening countries with sanctions again and again… is no longer feasible,” she added.
The snapback mechanism, mentioned in the text of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, maintains that any of the six countries in the P5+1 group -- Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany -- can raise what they believe to be a violation of the nuclear accord by Tehran and reverse the sanctions relief.
Flounders, however, said that other countries will no longer get on board with the United States with respect to sanctions.
“The sanctions have ended because the other countries of the world have refused to go along with US dictates any longer,” the analyst noted.
“US power and its economic weight is in many ways slipping in the world and there is determination by many other countries to pursue their own best interests,” she added.
During the Vienna nuclear talks back in July, the US demanded the snapback provision be included in any future nuclear deal with Iran.
Russia opposed the measure, arguing it would overlook Moscow’s veto power.