Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif says of Pompeo’s charge, that the U.S. has simply replaced a policy of “maximum pressure” with a policy of “maximum deceit.”
In an effort to understand Trump and his balancing act between a government loaded with hawks, and a geopolitical chess game rigged to dynamite, there are at least three dynamics at play – ‘3D chess’ if you like.
Sanctions are economic warfare, pure and simple. As an alternative to a direct military attack Ыюthey are certainly preferable, but no one should be under any illusions regarding what they actually represent.
The administration is so desperate for evidence that their failed policy isn’t a failure that they will seize on anything to claim vindication.