"Iran has had claims in the past on Bahrain," Ambassador Houda Nonoo said in an interview. "The latest was on their 30th anniversary in February 2009, where they mentioned Bahrain as the 14th province. Very similar to [Saddam Hussein's] Iraq mentioning Kuwait as their 19th province."
"The sanctions never had a chance of working because they've placed so many sanctions before, and they've never worked," she said. "Why was this one going to be any different?"