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"I would not trust President Trump farther than I could throw him," Thomas G. Weiss is presidential Professor of Political Science told ILNA.

Thomas G. Weiss is Presidential Professor of Political Science at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center told ILNA in an interview that trade and investment with the United States is too important. Weighing that versus trade with Iran is fairly obvious. He believes Iran has a slightly better record of late at respecting agreements than Trump Administration.

Below is his interview with ILNA:

Some argue that the United States by boycotting Iran's oil is trying to boycott emerging powers such as China, India, Turkey, and so on. Do you believe that Iran's oil embargo hurting the global market?

Your Question is not clear. US are not “boosting” China. Given oil supplies (and US production), the impact is unlikely to be great on global economy. More obviously on those that rely on Iranian oil.

 

After trump decision to end oil waivers, Iran is seeking to exchange oil with the basic needs of the people, what could be the consequences of human rights?

This would be similar to the Oil-for-Food Program in Iraq under Saddam Hussein. That required a UN resolution to overcome a UN Security Council decision. This should be easier (for Europeans anyway) because there is not Security Council decision.

 

Some Iranian believes that the negotiation with Tramp has no effect, because the other party does not adhere to any commitment. Do you agree with this idea?

Do you mean Trump? I would not trust him farther than I could throw him—that is, not at all. Iran has a slightly better record of late at respecting agreements. So The Iranians have the right to not trust the United States any more.

 

It seems that the American target of sanctions is the Iranian nation, and not just Iran government, what is your opinion?

The logic of sanctions is “civilian pain and political gain” (title of a book that I edited). If population is in pain, it will rise up and overthrow the regime.

 

How do you assess US anti-human activities in boycotting relief agencies in Iran flood?

Humanitarian access is supposedly guaranteed by international humanitarian law; Similar to situation in North Korea. Disgusting.

 

What are the political, economic and social consequences of chaos and war in the region?

Trade and investment with the United States is too important. Weighing that versus trade with Iran is fairly obvious. Principles and reputation have only a limited value in such situations.

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