US officials: Sanctions may not be effective to stop Iran

A panel of former senior American officials and outside experts urged US President Barack Obama to become more involved in American diplomacy towards the Iran and questioned the effectivity of the sanctions in halting Tehran's nuclear program, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
In a report issued by the Iran Project, the group suggested the sanctions policy may be backfiring.
Sanctions have "contributed to an increase in repression and corruption within Iran" and "may be sowing the seeds of long-term alienation between the Iranian people and the United States," the experts and diplomats wrote.
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