A political commentator and a former advisor to British and European parliaments says US sanctions on Iran have definitively backfired as they have caused Tehran to increase its clout as a major supplier of energy in the world.
“Tehran has turned the hardship of sanctions into a source of strength,” wrote Kevin Karp in an opinion piece for RT published on Sunday as he touched upon some major projects launched by Iran over the past three years to develop its energy sector.
Citing as an example of Iran’s progress during the sanctions era, Karp highlighted the 1,000-kilometer Goureh-Jask pipeline which Iran launched just recently to connect crude oil pumping terminals on the most southwestern parts of the Persian Gulf coast to an area on the Sea of Oman and outside the Strait of Hormuz.
The writer insisted that the administration of US President Joe Biden would not be able to hamper Iran’s growing influence in the global energy market even by trying to extract concessions from Iran in ongoing talks in Vienna to revive a 2015 international deal on Iran’s nuclear program which is known as the JCPOA.
“The reality is that harsh measures aimed at Iran’s infrastructure and resources, whether carried out under the explicit pretext of sanctions or not, have ironically stimulated the Iranians to become increasingly self-sufficient in producing and exporting their hydrocarbons – arguably the core lever of Iran’s international influence, which cannot be fully constrained by sanctions or by any renegotiated JCPOA,” read a part of Karp’s article.
The political analyst argued that Iran’s progress in the field of energy would benefit the world once the country is fully freed from US sanctions.
Karp said Iranian supplies of crude oil would help accelerate the global recovery from the economic impacts of the coronavirus restrictions.