Wie auch immer politisch weichgespült argumentiert wird, die Verschärfung der Sanktionen ist etwas, das das Teheraner Regime spürt. Und da wird offensichtlich auch kräftig nachgeholfen:
The United States said Thursday that energy giants Total of France, Anglo-Dutch Shell, Norway’s Statoil and Italy’s Eni have pledged to end their investments in Iran. [...]
“I am pleased to announce that we have received commitments from four international energy firms to terminate their investments and avoid any new activity in Iran’s energy sector,” Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg said, calling the move “a significant setback to Iran.” Steinberg said the move makes the companies eligible to avoid US sanctions. The companies “have provided assurance to us that they have stopped,” or taken steps to stop business with Iran, he said.”However, some international oil companies have not yet committed to any new activities in Iran’s petroleum sector. And for this reason the State Department is launching investigations into those companies,” he said.