The Trump administration revealed a new round of sanctions against companies related to Iran’s “terrorist-affiliated airline,” saying international corporations were illegally aiding the Tehran-based carrier.
“This Thailand-based company has disregarded numerous U.S. warnings, issued publicly and delivered bilaterally to the Thai government, to sever ties with Mahan Air,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. “This action should serve as a warning that the U.S. is intent on ensuring that the aviation industry ceases providing services to, and profiting from, this terrorist-affiliated airline.”
“Treasury is cutting off yet another service provider acting on behalf of Mahan Air, a sanctioned airline that transports soldiers and supplies to Assad and fuels terrorist activities across the region,” Mnuchin added.
The new sanctions come hours after President Trump slammed former Secretary of State John Kerry over his recent “illegal meetings” with senior members of the Iranian regime.
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.
HIGH ALERT: Israeli Forces Deployed After ‘Unusual’ Moves by Iranian Military
Israeli officials deployed their defense forces and opened bomb shelters along the state’s northern border Tuesday after detecting “unusual” moves by the Iranian military operating inside Syria.
According to Reuters, the Israeli Defense Forces “increased its readiness” in a direct response to the “movements of Iranian forces inside Syria.”
“Following the identification of irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria, the IDF has decided to change the civilian protection instructions in the Golan Heights and instructs local authorities to unlock and ready shelters in the area,” the Israel Defense Forces said in an official alert.
The military maneuvers come just minutes after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Iranian nuclear agreement.
“I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” said the President. “Powerful sanctions will go into full effect…If the regime continues its nuclear aspirations, it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before.”