Inhuman sanctions' by US fail to achieve political goals, as people suffer

Washington seems certain that exerting sanctions on countries is the safest way to achieve their foreign policy goals. In reality economic and political sanctions do little to control the governments they target, hitting ordinary citizens hard instead. "The aim of sanctions is to harm the state. But the real victims are ordinary, regular people. Experience has shown that there's a huge wedge between what ordinary people experience under sanctions, and what the elite do," RT's Middle East correspondent Paula Slier reported. One country against which the US has introduced a wide range of sanctions is Iran. While there's no concrete proof that Tehran has been busy developing nuclear weapons (it insists its atomic program is for peaceful purposes only), due to international sanctions, the country is struggling to source necessary medicine to treat cancer patients. Meanwhile, cancer is the third cause of premature death in Iran, with 30,000 people a year now dying from the disease, according to Furthermore, a number of these people can ill afford increasingly expensive treatment. Widespread pollution, excessive use of chemical fertilizers containing cadmium and nitrate, as well as the high psychological pressure of life, have been blamed for the soaring cancer statistics. "It is my second chemotherapy program. Previously, each session cost approximately 300 dollars. These days it costs about 700 dollars," pensioner Mahammad Rhidai, who is a cancer patient, told RT. "It is also a challenge to get the medication, because you have to go to almost every drugstore asking for them and also because the prices are way too high." Doctors are also sounding the alarm: the trade embargo has caused shortages of food and medical supplies. The director of a cancer center in Iran says he has faced lots of problems getting modern equipment to treat cancer patients. "There are numerous obstacles for importing the equipment due to the sanctions in place against Iran. We have some equipment but it requires spare parts that we can't get anywhere. A failure of any single piece or part of this equipment causes us to stop operating the entire machine," Dr. Kaziminyan said. Iran is looking to reach out to the world's powers to revive nuclear talks, in a bid to resolve the global standoff that has dragged on for years.

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