Trump announces sanctions targeting Iranian supreme leader in response to drone

US President Donald Trump has signed an government order imposing new “strong sanctions” in opposition to Iran in response to Tehran’s downing of an American drone final week.

Trump mentioned the most recent sanctions would goal Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Trump advised reporters on the White House on Monday that Khamenei and his associates can be denied entry to monetary sources by the brand new sanctions.

The sanctions, Trump mentioned, signify “a powerful and proportionate response to Iran’s more and more provocative actions.” The US will “proceed to enhance” strain on Tehran, he added, saying that the recent sanctions would have been imposed whatever the incident with the downed drone.

The new sanctions come a day after the US claimed it launched huge and profitable cyber strikes in opposition to Iranian navy pc methods, though Tehran claimed Washignton’s efforts failed.

Trump mentioned on Friday that he had referred to as off a navy strike on Iran which might have killed 150 individuals, saying that he doesn’t need warfare, however promising “obliteration such as you’ve by no means seen earlier than” if the US does determine to assault Iran.

Earlier this month, the US accused Tehran of being behind assaults on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, however even US allies Germany and Japan have solid doubt on shaky proof offered by the Pentagon.

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin mentioned Trump’s government order will lock up billions of {dollars} extra in Iranian property.

Mnuchin additionally promised that Iranian Foreign Secretary Javad Zarif will probably be hit with sanctions later in the week, including that the US has not consulted with its allies on the specifics of the deliberate measures.

Meanwhile, Iran has mentioned it’s prepared to shoot down American drones “again and again” in the event that they violate its airspace. The US has claimed that the surveillance drone was shot down in worldwide airspace, whereas Iran claims its was destroyed over its personal territory.