“I think there is a slim possibility of that because Mr. [Barack] Obama made many promises before,” Dmitry Babich, a political commentator with the Voice of Russia, told an exclusive interview with Press TV on Saturday.
Babich recalled how the US president reached out to Iran in his first months in office, but “nothing came out of it.”
“So in this case also I’m not sure that Obama is ready to sacrifice his political career to risk another confrontation with the Republican hawks in Congress. I’m not sure that he is ready to sacrifice it all to reconciliation with Iran although such reconciliation would be a very positive step for all mankind,” he stated.
On Thursday, the US Departments of State and Treasury announced new sanctions against a number of companies and individuals for “providing support for” Iran’s nuclear energy program.
The new US sanctions came despite the nuclear deal inked between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council -- Russia, China, France, Britain and the US -- plus Germany in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24 in a bid to set the stage for the full resolution of the West’s decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s civilian nuclear work.
Under the Geneva deal, it was agreed that no more sanctions would be imposed on Iran in the following six months.
The Geneva deal has been widely criticized by US congressmen as it allows Iran to continue enriching uranium