Will sanctions work on Iran?

04/10/2009 23:57

For a while now, the US government has been using diplomacy to resolve a nuclear standoff in hopes that the Iranian government will comply. So far, things haven't worked out brilliantly, and now the Obama administration is contemplating using sanctions against Iran.

It was disclosed a few weeks back that Iran has a secret uranium enrichment facility, something that President Obama has referred to as "a configuration inconsistent with peaceful intent". Iran was expected to fully comply and cooperate with the UN nuclear inspectors following the Geneva meeting on Thursday October 1st between Iranian leaders, the US and other five major powers.

The sanctions will target Iran's dependence on gasoline imports and insurance firms that underwrite the trade. 

Do you think these sanctions will be effective, or will the US soon resort to war against Iran?