Tensions between Iran and the United States build up. The two countries threat to go to war. US President Donald Trump has ordered new sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader، Ali Khamenei، and other officials including eight Revolutionary Guard commanders in the latest step of an escalating pressure campaign.
Iran’s foreign minister، Javad Zarif، will also face fresh sanctions in a few days، US officials said. He negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with the US and other major powers، and has spearheaded Iranian diplomacy since.
Signing an executive order in the Oval Office، Trump called the increased sanctions “hard-hitting”، saying they would deny the supreme leader، his office and and those closely affiliated with him access to key financial resources. “These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions،” Trump said.
“We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country،” the US president added. “I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon.”
Standing alongside Trump، the treasury secretary، Steven Mnuchin، said the measures would freeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets.