Trump Imposes New Iran Sanctions

Signs executive order targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 24, 2019 12:22 PM CDT
Trump Tightens Sanctions on Iran
President Trump signs an executive order to increase sanctions on Iran, in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, June 24, 2019, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President Trump has signed an executive order targeting Iran's supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the AP reports. Trump says the supreme leader is responsible for Iran's hostile conduct. He says the United States does not seek conflict with Iran but will continue to increase pressure on its Middle East adversary to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups. The move comes days after Trump says he called off an airstrike on Iran with minutes to spare.)

The US last year pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal that world powers signed with Iran and has already applied crushing sanctions on the country's economy. Iran has threatened to break from the deal unless Europe mitigates what Tehran calls Trump's "economic warfare." The POTUS says Monday's action follows a series of aggressions by Iran, including the shooting down of a $100 million US surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Also Monday, Iran's naval chief threatened the US, saying Tehran is capable of shooting down other American spy drones. (More Iran stories.)

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