Gulf States Get Tough With Iran

The Gulf States lie in proximity to Iran and are the most concerned regarding attempts to that nation to develop nuclear weapons which could be used to intimidate other countries. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have decided to use the threat of oil contracts, work visas, and other possibilities to persuade China and Russia to agree on tougher sanctions against Iran unless it ceases developing nuclear weapons.

Russian President Medvedev argues, “sanctions are seldom productive, but they are sometimes inevitable. It is a matter of choice.” Medvedev is right, sanctions ordinarily do not work, but there are times when the threat of sanctions can compel nations to alter their actions.