U.S. Announces New Iran Sanctions Days After Aborted Military Strike

Daniel Fowler
June 25, 2019

"The US request for Iran is very simple - no nuclear weapons and no further sponsoring of terror!" he said.

Iran's United Nations ambassador warned on Monday that the situation in the Persian Gulf is "very dangerous" and called talks with the U.S. impossible in the face of escalating sanctions and intimidation, while the USA envoy said the Trump administration's aim is to get Tehran back to negotiations.

In a briefing with reporters on Monday, Mnuchin defended the Trump administration's "maximum pressure" campaign of escalating sanctions against Iran over the past year.

One of the Iranian president's top advisers indicated Iran was open to a new deal with the USA but said concessions beyond the 2015 nuclear deal would have to be met by the Americans. The Trump administration wants to force Tehran to open talks on its nuclear and missile programmes and its activities in the region.

"We have been doing everything we can to de-escalate the situation", he said.

Iranian authorities contacted by Reuters were not immediately available to comment on Mr Trump's announcement.

'I'll be signing an executive order imposing hard-hitting sanctions on the supreme leader of Iran on the office of the supreme leader of Iran and many others.

"We confidently say that the crushing response can always be repeated, and the enemy knows it", Khanzadi was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency during a meeting with a group of defence officials.

On Tuesday Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi tweeted that Trump's latest sanctions will "close the channel of diplomacy" forever.

"We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran until the regime abandons its risky activities and its aspirations".

Recent attacks on tankers and the downing of a USA drone played out in comments before and after a closed UN Security Council meeting called by the United States that provided saw sharply different views of the current situation.

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President Donald Trump has signed an executive order targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions. As a " deterrent " to Iran, the United States is sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East.

U.S. and Iranian governments dispute whether it was in global airspace at the time.

He said the USA sought a coalition "not only throughout the Gulf states but in Asia and in Europe that understands this challenge and that is prepared to push back against the world's largest state sponsor of terror". "You can absolutely expect the regime to be leveraging every tool they have available to reduce the uncertainty about what's going to happen next, about what the U.S.'s next move will be".

The officials spoke anonymously as they were not authorized to discuss the operation. Observed crude flows from Iran dropped to 190,000 barrels a day in the first half of June, less than a 10th of the volume shipped in early 2018. Iran claims the drone was in its territorial waters, while the United States denies this.

This comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S. over its unraveling nuclear deal and as Iran last week shot down a $100million U.S. Navy surveillance drone.

Mr Trump said he decided the strike would have killed too many people.

The attack is reported to have caused significant damage to Iran's military command and control systems and the administration warned industry officials on Saturday to be ready for an Iranian response. Iran said the unpiloted, $130-million spy drone had flown into its airspace.

Allies of the United States have been calling for steps to defuse the crisis, saying they fear a small mistake by either side could trigger war.

The U.S. secretary of state's stops in the Saudi city of Jeddah and the U.A.E. capital, Abu Dhabi, were arranged as additions to a trip to India from where he is to join Trump in Japan and South Korea. "I think we're also starting to see the economic concerns and demand concerns re-emerge for the market".

Pompeo met with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and had lunch with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before proceeding to the United Arab Emirates for talks with Abu Dhabi's crown prince.

"The downing of the USA drone had an explicit, decisive and clear message that defenders of the Islamic Iran's borders will show decisive and knockout reactions to aggression against this territory by any alien", Maj.

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