Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump tightens sanctions on Iran

Trump tightens sanctions on Iran

"Are there any other sanctions left for the impose on Iran?" ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said Monday prior to Trump's announcement, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

The downing of the United States drone came after a series of attacks on tankers in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, which Washington has blamed on Iran, exacerbated already-tense relations between the two countries. "Last year we neutralised 33 million attacks with the (national) firewall".

Iran has denied working on nuclear weapons and signed an agreement in 2015 with the United States, Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany to allay those concerns by limited its nuclear activity in exchange for sanctions relief. He is also expected to fly to the UAE to discuss Iran with officials there.

U.S. -Iran relations began to deteriorate past year when the United States abandoned a 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers created to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. "As President Trump said on Friday, our military is rebuilt, new and ready to go".

Iranian lawmakers on Sunday chanted "death to America" during an open session when acting parliament speaker Masoud Pezeshkian condemned what he said was the violation of Iranian airspace by the US drone.

Iran could "come to the table or watch its economy crumble", he said. "And I think they should do that rather than going along this very destructive path", Trump said.

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"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die", Trump tweeted.

From the kingdom, Pompeo will travel to neighbouring United Arab Emirates, another close U.S. ally.

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the most important waterways in the world, as it is responsible for being the shipping gateway for 21 percent of global oil and petroleum products.

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It was a week of topsy-turvy pronouncements on U.S. policy toward Iran that careened between the bellicose, the conciliatory and back again after Iran shot down the USA military drone and boasted it would not bow to Washington's pressure.

Trump said "a lot of restraint has been shown by the U.S." when it comes to Iran in the face of recent events. Khanzadi spoke Monday during a meeting with a group of defense officials in Iran. "And the enemy knows it". The Washington Post said on Saturday that the cyber strikes, which had been planned previously, had disabled Iranian rocket launch systems.

The president also explained his last-minute decision not to launch retaliatory airstrikes after learning 150 Iranians would be killed in the attack.

After signing the executive order, Trump said he would "love" to negotiate a deal with Iran "if they want to" but said if Iran does not want to, "that's fine, too".

"John Bolton is absolutely a hawk".

"We expect that the new sanctions president Trump referred to, in preparation for some weeks, will be announced publicly on Monday. Moreover, any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant financial transaction for entities designated under this Executive Order could be cut off from the US financial system". Washington also blames Iran for attacks by its Yemeni allies on Saudi targets.

"We will increase pressure on Iran".

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His comments come as tensions were running high in the Persian Gulf as the Trump administration combines a "maximum pressure" campaign of economic sanctions on Iran with a buildup of American forces in the region.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated that the United Kingdom would consider joining the United States in potential military action against Iran.

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