All you have to do is look at last week's developments, for clear examples of the problem:
(1) Dominica's scandal; due to the incestuous friendship, between Prime Minister Skerrit and Alireza Monfared, a known Iran oil sanctions evader, Iran was able to evade international sanctions, and sell its oil, earning profits that certainly contributed to expanding its WMD & ballistic missile programs.
(2) St Kitts & Nevis' latest passport black eye, the latest among many which it has experienced: Kambiz Rostamian, an Iranian national known to be participating in ballistic missile development, since 2011.
When Iran moves closer to nuclear capability, the world become less safe. With respect to the United States, it represents a clear and present danger, even an existential threat, and one cannot expect the US to sit by and allow economic passports sellers to benefit. In Dominica, the Opposition has estimated that $50m in illegal profits is somewhere, in the hands of those who are selling diplomatic passports. Over in St Kitts, questions have been raised, regarding certain grants of CBI funds to Kittitian businesses. The lure of corruption, caused by these lucrative programs, appears to be too enticing for those who have access to funds.
Finally, do not think that the United States, under the new Trump administration, will not respond. Do you really want to see more correspondent relationships, with New York banks, disappear ? Retain these dodgy programs at your own risk, Caribbean leaders. While we will not see another Grenada invasion, expect a response that could severely affect the local picture, which is already bleak, and may further injure the people you are supposed to be guiding towards economic progress.
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