Hawks Looking To Sanction Iran Face Opposition From U.S. Businesses

Thursday, 17 July 2014
Foreign Policy

Excerpt: … Richard Sawaya, the head of USA*Engage, said the effectiveness of new Iran sanctions and the business community's willingness to go along with them quietly will depend on whether other countries agree to them as well. A parade of European trade delegations streaming through Tehran since the interim deal took effect has sparked concerns that American companies will be left behind when Iran is finally open for business again. "To the degree that the EU says ‘no mas' and is willing to do business with probably the most attractive untapped market on the planet, then they won't work," Sawaya said in an interview Tuesday. His organization was created by the National Foreign Trade Council in 1997 with the sole purpose of opposing unilateral U.S. sanctions.

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