Trump imposes sanctions on Iran's supreme leader as tension spikes
"These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran's increasingly provocative actions," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.
President Trump announces “hard-hitting” sanctions on Iran, following “a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime” pic.twitter.com/bD0HJauVeo— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 24, 2019
The tycoon-turned-president elaborated that Washington would continue to ramp up pressure on Tehran until the regime abandons its 'dangerous activities and its aspirations, including the pursuit of nuclear weapons, increased enrichment of uranium, development of ballistic missiles, engagement and support for terrorism, fuelling of foreign conflicts and belligerent acts directed against the United States and its allies.'
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The executive order stated the sanctions are "in light of the actions of the government of Iran and Iranian-backed proxies, particularly those taken to destabilize the Middle East, promote international terrorism, and advance Iran's ballistic missile program, and Iran's irresponsible and provocative actions in and over international waters, including the targeting of United States military assets and civilian vessels."
The US Treasury Department said eight senior Iranian commanders who "sit atop a bureaucracy that supervises the IRGC's [the elite Islamic Revolution Guard Corps] malicious regional activities", were being targeted.
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