US: Iran's economy can't recover without lifting of sanctions
Iran's economy is now "fundamentally" incapable of recovery without a nuclear accommodation with the West, increasing Washington's leverage in final negotiations with Tehran.
This statement was made by the under-secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, David Cohen, who was one of the contenders for the post of Deputy Director of the CIA some time ago.
"They're (Iran) stuck. They can't fix this economy unless they get sanctions relief. I think they are coming to the negotiations with their backs to the wall," Cohen said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
"I think it would be accurate to say that the importance of financial tools in our national security toolbox has steadily increased over the past five to 10 years," RIA Novosti cited him as saying.