The Obama administration still refuses to sanction Tehran, despite its ongoing human rights violations.
"I can assure you," Wendy Sherman, President Barack Obama's lead negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal, said the other day, "that if Iran takes truly horrific terrorist action, or truly horrific human rights action, that people will respond." Uh huh.
Sherman's comments, which she made during a May 25 event at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, came a day after Stephen Mull, Obama's lead coordinator on implementing the deal, acknowledged at a congressional hearing that Washington hasn't leveled any sanctions on Iran over its human rights violations since inking the deal last summer – even as Tehran cracks down harder on its own people.
Apparently, Iran's decision to hang 13 prisoners on a single day in May, including one in the city square of Mashhad in the presence of children, doesn't constitute "truly horrific human rights action." Nor, apparently, does the 10-year sentence that Iran imposed a few days later on a human rights activist, about which the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Human rights said it was "appalled."