• 2020-01-16

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in October of last year that American sanctions illegally targeted humanitarian trade by making it “‘difficult if not impossible for Iran, Iranian nationals, and companies to engage in international financial transactions to purchase such goods.” The court ordered that the United States remove any impediments to the free exportation of medicines and medical devices. The United States, however, rejected the ruling, withdrew from the optional protocol of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and terminated its 1955 Treaty of Amenity with Iran. No longer bound by the ICJ, the Trump administration has continued a policy of harsh sanctions. As a result, lifesaving medicine in Iran has become expensive and scarce. From March 2018 to March 2019, the cost of health and medical services in Iran has risen by nineteen percent. The Iranian government has repeatedly labeled American policy as “economic terrorism.” 

  • 2019-10-28

    [...] Below are key dates related to the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear agreement with Iran, a description of the U.S. sanctions that took effect on each date, and efforts to blunt the impact of these sanctions by European parties to the agreement.  [...]

  • 2019-10-25

    List of the Iran sanctions compiled by the U.S. Department of the Treasury

  • 2019-10-23

    After two years of successive contraction, recent reports paint a grim outlook for Iran's economy in 2020. Widespread sanctions have hit the economy hard and ordinary Iranians are bearing the burden of a recession.

  • 2019-09-24

    Besieged researchers say that currency collapse, scientific isolation and psychological strain are hindering almost every aspect of their work.

  • 2019-09-11

    Successive Administrations have used sanctions extensively against Iran to try to change Iran’s behavior. Sanctions have had a substantial effect on Iran’s economy but little observable effect on Iran’s pursuit of core strategic objectives. Iran has provided support for regional armed factions, developed ballistic missiles, and expanded its conventional weapons development programs during periods when international sanctions were in force, when they were suspended, and after U.S. sanctions were reimposed in late 2018. ...


  • 2019-08-14

    Washington claims that maximum pressure won’t stop the supply of medicine and other humanitarian necessities, but banking sanctions are driving up import prices, blocking supply chains, and creating deadly drug shortages.

  • 2019-07-30

    The illegal economic sanctions that the Trump administration has imposed on Iran are ruining its economy by increasing the inflation rate—from nine percent before the sanctions to 35-40 percent today—as well as unemployment, and forcing countless numbers of small businesses to close. Whereas Iran’s economy grew by 12.5 percent in 2016, it has shrunk by six percent in the first six months of 2019. These are the results that President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton constantly brag about. But they have created unspeakable suffering for ordinary Iranian people, who don’t even have a say in what their political system does.

  • 2019-07-30

    [...] “Our biggest concern is that channels to the outside world are closed,” said Dr. Arasb Ahmadian, head of the Mahak Children’s Hospital, which is run through charity donations and supports some 32,000 under-16 children across Iran.The banking sanctions have blocked transactions, preventing donations from abroad, he said. Transfers of money simply fail, including those approved by the U.S. Treasury. “Indeed, we are losing hope,” said Ahmadian. “Medicines should be purchasable, funding should be available and lines of credit should be clearly defined in the banking system.” [...]

  • 2019-06-28

    Despite the tensions and rhetoric, Europe and Iran have to date remained committed to preserve the JCPOA. The practical behind-the-scenes work to keep diplomacy on track is exemplified by the state-owned entity INSTEX, intended to alleviate restrictions on sanctions-exempt humanitarian trade. These restrictions stem from the reluctance of European companies and banks to conduct cross-border transactions with Iran due to a lack of clear guidance from the US Departments of State and Treasury. ...