These sanctions, which are designed to work like a catalyst, appear to be working. Their economy has tanked. Iran attempted to increase exports in iron to compensate for the loss of oil revenue. (Antonioli, 2013) However, sanctions have been added to non-oil exports as well. Pressure applied by the US via sanctions has led Iran’s revenue to plunge by more than fifty percent. With the sanctions applied to their financial sector, Iran must barter or accept the other countries currency, as there is no option for them to trade in dollars.
After being run with a catalyst, it’s onto the reactor. The reaction of Iran’s new President, Hassan Rouhani, is displayed through his interest in relations with the west. In his speech to the U.N., on September 24, he denounced the sanctions on Iran as, “violent, pure and simple.” He wishes to come to an agreement on Iran’s pursuit of nuclear energy, advising that they do not wish to establish nuclear weapons. (Gladstone, 2013)
There was much anticipation from the American media that there could be a possible handshake between President Obama and President Rouhani. Prior to their attendance at the U.N. General assembly, talk flooded the internet of how symbolic such a handshake would be. The handshake was a no-go, due to some complexities on the Iranian side, according to one U.S. official. (Torbati, 2013) Disappointment was one reaction. However, the door has been opened, and more peaceful relations may be a possibility in the future.
It’s an air of diplomacy that will deliver fuel to the regenerator. If negotiations prove to be more substance than hot air, a loosening of sanctions may be in Iran’s future. They must be tested and proven legitimate before that step ever takes place. Easing sanctions without first proving Iran’s true intentions would be detrimental to Israel.
Smooth control and no explosions is the outcome sought by the United States in limiting Iran’s options to pursue nuclear weapons. If negotiations proceed and go well, the output will be a high-performance gasoline that doesn’t knock. “Power is wasted when gasoline knocks.” (The Story of Gasoline) Molecules that offer a violent combustion, are not working as team to stay under control. Numerous tests may be necessary to ensure that power remains smooth, with a forward progress. Through the cracking method, we obtain more gasoline and in the end maybe a break at the pump.
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