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Iran: Sanctions, harmful to nuclear aims or people

Sanctions on Iran: harmful to nuclear ambitions or to the general population?

In addition to nuclear power, Iran attributes its need for further uranium enrichment to medical needs of civilians - specifically for the treatment of certain cancers.

The current dilemma world leaders, policy makers, and those at the UN now face is how to effectively deal with the threatening possibility of a nuclear Iran, without serving a death sentence to Iran's 850,000 cancer patients, and without creating an economic situation where people are unable to sustain themselves.

The comprehensive economic sanctions the UN Security Council placed on Iraq after the invasion of Kuwait in the early 1990s are seen to have greatly contributed to Iraq's humanitarian crisis and the suffering of the Iraqi people.

Cases such as this, and the current situation in Iran have pushed both policy makers and the public to ask if it is possible to design a set of sanctions that achieve the desired policy objectives without negatively affecting the people by creating food shortages, and health concerns in the target country.

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