Restrictions will be in effect for another year.
US President Donald Trump has decided to extend the so-called state of emergency against Iran for another year, which provides for unilateral sanctions against this country. This follows from the statement of the American leader, distributed on Thursday by the White House.
The head of the Washington administration stressed that “[US] relations with Iran have not yet been normalized,” and “the process of implementing the [bilateral] agreements of January 19, 1981, is still under implementation.” This refers to the so-called Algiers agreements between the United States and Iran, which led to the release of American diplomats who spent more than a year in Tehran as hostages after the 1979 revolution. In particular, these documents stipulate the principle of non-interference of countries in each other’s Internal Affairs.
“For this reason, the national state of emergency declared on November 14, 1979, as well as the measures introduced on that day to counter this state of emergency should continue to remain in force after November 14, 2020,” the document says. “I am extending the national state of emergency against Iran for one year,” the President added.
On November 14, 1979, the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter, signed Executive order 12170 to capture American hostages in Tehran. The US Treasury Department was ordered to block all official Iranian holdings in the United States, including accounts with us banks and their foreign branches and branches. In fact, this meant the introduction of the first punitive economic measures against Iran.
On April 7, 1980, Carter severed diplomatic relations with Tehran and banned all goods from the United States to Iran, including food and medicine. Then there was an embargo on importing any goods from Iran to the United States and a ban on American travel to Iran.