Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled a series of crippling new sanctions on Iran Friday; citing the country’s ongoing “nuclear and missile” programs and blasting the regime’s “growing influence” in the region.
“The Trump administration announced Friday that it is slapping new sanctions on more than two dozen Iranian individuals involved in the country’s nuclear and missile research programs, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Iran’s growing influence,” reports Fox News.
“Individuals working for Iran’s proliferation-related programs—including scientists, procurement agents, and technical experts—should be aware of the reputational and financial risk they expose themselves to by working for Iran’s nuclear program,” said Pompeo in a written statement.
The sanctions come less than 24 hours after President Trump officially recognized the disputed Golan Heights as “sovereign” Israeli territory; ending decades of confusion after the region was annexed by the Jewish State in 1981.
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A NEW DEAL: US Unveils ’12 Requirements’ for New Iran Agreement
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled the Trump administration’s list of demands for a new Iranian nuclear agreement this week; calling on leaders in Tehran to halt all uranium enrichment and cease its support for terror groups throughout the Middle East.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Pompeo revealed the preconditions during a speaking event in Washington, DC earlier Monday; saying Iran needs to fulfill “12 basic requirements” to reach a new agreement with the United States to ease crippling economic sanctions.
The list includes halting uranium enrichment, severing its ties with militants operating in the region, and walking away from Iranian involvement in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.
“Relief from sanctions will come only when we see tangible, demonstrated, and sustained shifts in Tehran’s policies,” Mr. Pompeo said. “We acknowledge Iran’s right to defend its people. But not its actions which jeopardize the world’s citizens.”
“These will end up being the strongest sanctions in history by the time we are complete,” added the Secretary of State.
SANCTIONS ARE COMING: Trump Invokes 'Game of Thrones' to Unveil Iran Sanctions
President Trump trolled Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on social media Friday; posting a parody of hit television program ‘Game of Thrones’ that warned the Islamic Republic that ‘Sanctions are coming” on November 5th.
The Commander-in-Chief posted the hilarious image on social media just hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the restoration of stiff sanctions lifted after the Obama nuclear agreement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 2, 2018
The sanctions join other harsh penalties aimed at the Iranian regime; specifically targeting Iran’s energy, transportation, and business sectors.