Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

President Trump signs executive order issuing additional sanctions on Iran

President Trump signs executive order issuing additional sanctions on Iran

In a pair of tweets, Trump said U.S. aims regarding Iran boil down to "No Nuclear Weapons and No Further Sponsoring of Terror".

Trump said that the executive order signed by him will impose "hard hitting" sanction on Iran and it will deny the Iranian Supreme Leader and other officials access to financial instruments.

The Trump administration wants to force Tehran to open talks on its nuclear and missile programs and its activities in the region.

Iran, crippled by existing U.S. sanctions that include the blocking of most of its crucial oil exports, sought to play down the USA move.

"They could also sanction sales of various consumer goods to Iran, but that would probably come off as targeting the Iranian people rather than the government", he said.

The sanctions also target eight senior commanders of Navy, Aerospace, and Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, known as the IRGC.

"These commanders sit atop a bureaucracy that supervises the IRGC's malicious regional activities, including its provocative ballistic missile program, harassment and sabotage of commercial vessels in global waters, and its destabilizing presence in Syria", the department said in a statement.

Trump, in an interview with NBC broadcast on Sunday, said he wouldn't place any preconditions on negotiations to end the impasse between the two countries other than Tehran can not obtain a nuclear weapon. In 2010, the United States and Israel deployed the Stuxnet worm against Iranian nuclear facilities and successfully delayed the country's nuclear weapons program by sabotaging uranium enrichment infrastructure.

Saudi Arabia and the US accused Iran of being behind attacks on tankers near the Persian Gulf in recent weeks, while the UAE has been urging diplomacy to avert a wider conflict.

"We're constantly in touch with the United States".

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Iran insists that it does not have a nuclear weapons program and it signed onto an worldwide pact in 2015 meant to ensure that its nuclear industry sticks to civilian uses.

"We will call it "Let's make Iran great again", Trump said over the weekend.

"They know precisely how to find us", Pompeo said.

"Media asked if the claimed cyber attacks against Iran are true", he said. Iran shot down the drone, saying it had flown over its air space.

Meanwhile, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton was in Jerusalem on Sunday, where he said Iran should not "mistake U.S. prudence and discretion for weakness". Trump pulled back from the brink of retaliatory military strikes on Iran last week, but is continuing his pressure campaign.

Earlier this month, Iran's foreign ministry said new sanctions announced June 7 by the USA showed that Trump's call for negotiations with the Islamic Republic - one repeated over the weekend - were hollow.

On Thursday, however, the Pentagon launched a long-planned cyber attack, Yahoo News said, citing former intelligence officials.

"The U.S. request for Iran is very simple", he wrote.

US Cyber Command targeted the Iran military's computer systems used to control some of the country's rocket and missile launchers.

Bolton reiterated the president's oft-repeated view that Iran must never be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons and that its "acts of aggression against Israel, our allies in the Arabian Gulf and against U.S, personnel and assets across the Middle East, are not signs of a nation seeking peace".

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