The Obama administration has quietly removed sanctions from three Russian organizations that have been helping Iran develop nuclear weapons. The move is thought to be aimed at getting the Russians to support additional sanctions against Iran. Ironically, the Russian organizations were being punished for failing to heed previous sanctions. The Obama administration is removing sanctions from organizations that violated sanctions in order to get more sanctions. Huh? What is the point of new sanctions if there is no penalty for violating sanctions?
The Jerusalem Post reported:
The Obama administration on Friday removed sanctions against three Russian organizations the US had previously accused of assisting Iran’s effort to develop nuclear weapons.
Penalties against a fourth Russian entity previously accused of illicit arms sales to Syria were also lifted.
The timing of the decisions, published in Friday’s Federal Register but not otherwise announced by the State Department, suggested the possibility of a link to US efforts to win Russian support for a new UN Security Council resolution expanding sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.