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COVID-19 and U.S. Iran Policy Updated [April 13, 2020]   [open pdf - 543KB]

From the Document: "The spread in Iran of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] (the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2) has raised questions about the possible effects of U.S. policy on the capacity of Iran to cope with the outbreak. Since May 2018, when the Trump Administration withdrew the United States from the 2015 multilateral Iran nuclear agreement (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA), the Administration has reimposed all U.S. sanctions that were in place prior to that agreement and added further sanctions. The U.S. sanctions target virtually every economic sector in Iran, but at least technically exempt transactions involving humanitarian items. Iranian officials argue that the U.S. sanctions--which constitute the core of a U.S. 'maximum pressure' campaign intended to alter Iran's objectionable behavior--are impeding Iran's ability to respond to the coronavirus outbreak."

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CRS Insight, IN11279
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2020-04-13
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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