Iran’s state TV touted the country’s first for­eign film Oscar win Mon­day as a vic­tory over arch­en­emy Israel. The state TV broad­cast stated the award suc­ceeded in “leav­ing behind” a film from the “Zion­ist regime.”  The state reac­tion was child­ish and spite­ful but also an expected move by Iran­ian state-run media in Tehran.

But what Iran is ignor­ing as it rejoices in the effer­ves­cence of paparazzi and pos­i­tive media is that inter­na­tional sanc­tions against it still scream grave dis­ap­proval over Iran’s nuclear pro­gram. Unfor­tu­nately, no Oscar win can change the non­com­pli­ance, covert actions and dan­ger­ous course the Islamic regime has taken.

Just today, Mar­ket Watch reported that Iran’s nuclear activ­ity boosted crude oil prices. That means crude oil prices have hit high­est increase since April 2011 at $120 a bar­rel. Experts esti­mate for every $1 increase in the price of a bar­rel of crude oil con­sumers can expect to pay 2.5 cents more per gal­lon of gasoline.

So when the hon­ey­moon phase is over and A Sep­a­ra­tion is out on DVD, let’s not for­get the dan­ger Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad is putting Israel, the US and the rest of the world in with his inabil­ity to com­ply with nuclear watch­dogs like the IAEA. Nuclear pro­grams that are “peace­ful” and for “med­ical pur­pos­es” as Ahmadine­jad claims would have no qualms over let­ting IAEA inspec­tors in to visit.

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