In a press briefing earlier this week State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland was surprisingly asked a question about the moral nature of the sanction Iran, which are effectively destroying the nations economy.
“Do you have any concern about the effects – the ill effects that the severe depreciation in the currency may have on the Iranian people?
When it’s trading – it’s I think something like 32,000 to 1, that inevitably is going to fuel inflation for anything that is imported. Does it bother you that this may hurt the Iranian people?”
Nuland then dodged the question, responding with:
“Well, any depreciation of currency is always going to affect the people who use the currency.
The issue here are the choices that the Iranian Government is making, and this is the issue, that the Iranian Government needs to make different choices with regard to its nuclear program if it wants to get into a conversation with us about a step-by-step process, including on the sanctions side.”
The reporter questioned further:
“Now, obviously, the Iranian Government, at least for the time being, is very stubborn; it will remain so.
So at what point it becomes really a moral question that the people – 80 million-plus – should suffer so severely because of the stubbornness of their government?”