In a new interview broadcast today on CNN, Secretary of State John Kerry revealed that he has put France “on notice,” threatening sanctions against the nation over possible business contacts with Iran.
“Iran is not open for business and Iran knows it’s not open for business,” Kerry said, adding that France’s contacts may “contravene the sanctions,” adding “they will be sanctioned if they do and they know it.”
The P5+1 interim deal has fueled a lot of hope for international rapprochement with Iran, and a number of nations have stepped up early on in hopes of making anticipatory trade deals with Iran.
Ironically France was the last holdout on the P5+1 deal, citing Israeli opposition to any deal with Iran as their reason. It may be difficult for the Kerry to follow through with real sanctions on France, and companies may be willing to call America’s bluff.
16 thoughts on “Kerry Threatens Sanctions on France Over Iran Business Ties”
Is that means the French win would be hard to find on us win black market? And catchup on the French black market?
Iran is the biggest and richest market in Middle East for USA and EU products, Iran has the oil, among other natural resources, that USA and EU eventually have to deal with when they give up supporting Saudis, so, what Kerry or others are saying is: let's make a deal where USA is part of that deal wanting bigger part of Iran cake. Than again remember the saying, "can't beat them joining them".
For the Iranian, they need to be very very carful what they are doing and never ever trust these governments words, no matter what and how they saying it.
France is desperate for new business. The sanctions and war on terror have hurt Europe and the U.S. enormously. Now there is an opportunity for some daylight for the US and NATO if they finally develop a reasonable accommodation and relationship with Iran, something they have avoided for 35 years. Kerry is not helping matters by threatening our partners, even if he doesn't want anyone to jump the gun. What he fails to realize is that the sanctions regime has been a form of an illegal and aggressive war against Iran based on a manufactured 'crisis, and should never have been instituted in the first place. It's time to use good judgment and get on with it.
Put quite simply, Kerry is a dope.
Kerry you do realize that would mean having to have sanctions with the WHOLE EU.
Kerry calling for sanctions on France gives me a powerful craving for wine and cheese.
Come on Kerry, sanction the whole world! You know ou want to just to show the US isn't to be messed with.
Stupid Israeli. France and Iran working on the cure for the real cause of AIDS they gave us all and ID's like Kerry say nope. You two can't do business….LOL I guess he too wants to be charged with Crimes Against Humanity knowing we have a global pandemic of stealth infections that criminals gave us all that cause the real AIDS.
In fact 1 in 29 US are being born severely multiply infected but US just keeps pretending the Israeli's are ALL that matters….Your kids sure don't or they would have had at least ONE antibiotics trial in the last 15yr.s….
Go ahead idiots…Get FRANCE AGAINST US TOO–SOON EVERY SOVERIGN NATION on planet earth will attack amerika from all directions..
I wonder how long before the rest of the world, except those who are dependent upon US largesse of course, sanction the US? Wouldn't be too difficult since pretty much all the US does is educate/train foreigners for the high tech world and flip burgers anymore.
Sounds like we don't want anyone to "jump the gun" before we have a bunch of deals "sewed up".
Let the Masters of the Universe speak . . . now Kerry and before him Hillary . . . This is the way narcissism works toward its undoing. Now who else do you want to order around, Mr. Kerry?
Narcissism leads to Hubris, and Hubris generates its own Nemesis. Nemesis alerady stalks the earth. But those afflicted with Narcissism cannot see it, are incapable of seeing it.
For example, the rush to Iran. What makes any of the Western countries that for years imposed illigal sanctions (only legal international sanctions are those approved by UN) on Iran, that Iran will just like that open all of their riches for them to take? Iran has been for years supported economically, politically, in trade and finances, by various countries — most notably China, Russia, Turkey, Brazil, etc. Those are the countries that will get a lion's share od investment opportunities. Western corporations are going to be happy as well, but to expect some "exclusive" rights is childish. Especially, for a country that survived with support of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, it is logical that the Eurasian orientation will dominate its strategic partnership future. And this is why Kerry does not want anyone "jumping the gun". There is still this narcissoid hope that somehow Iran is available for strategic snatching. Quite the opposite, the real opportunity here is for Kerry to mend the fence with Iranian Eurasian partnersips, not naively assume that Iran is about to get dislodged from its regional moorings.
Neo-nazi US daily crap and defecation. kerry, obama are all dope.
A bunch of ugly, dirty old men.
What gives America the right to decide who France can trade with? Maybe the time has come to sanction bully-boy USA.
Be careful in France's motives–more like a Trogan horse. France is a devious un worthy nation that panders to Israel
Will I still be able to bring my toothpaste to Paris?
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