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Challenges to U.S. Sanctions Against Iran During the Coronavirus Pandemic

| Apr. 30, 2020

The coronavirus has hit Iran hard. As the country grapples with the highest mortality rate from COVID-19 across the Middle East, the Trump administration has faced widespread calls to ease U.S. sanctions on Iran. The strict bilateral sanctions, which the Trump administration has reimposed since the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018, have left the Iranian economy in a deepening recession, with foreign companies and governments remaining hesitant to engage in financial and trade exchanges with Iran. Though the Department of the Treasury purports to allow exceptions to sanctions restrictions for humanitarian aid, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, the pandemic has highlighted the cracks in this system.

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For Academic Citation: Lorenzini, Marina.“Challenges to U.S. Sanctions Against Iran During the Coronavirus Pandemic.” Lawfare, April 30, 2020.