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Trump to ‘substantially increase' sanctions on Iran, amid calls for war


Added 09-18-19 10:37:02am EST - “Donald Trump has instructed the Treasury Department to "substantially increase," sanctions on Iran. The move comes in response to Iran's alleged attacks on Saudi oil fields, and as the president's confidants advocate war.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Trump to ‘substantially increase’ sanctions on Iran, amid calls for war”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The president announced the planned sanctions on Wednesday, two days after saying “it is certainly looking” like Iran carried out drone strikes on two Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend, although he did not name the entities to be sanctioned. The attacks knocked out around half of the country’s oil production, or five percent of the world’s supply.

I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!

Tehran denies having a hand in the attack, which was immediately claimed by Houthi rebels in Yemen, who have been engaged in a four-year military conflict with Saudi forces.

Further sanctions are far from the ‘thaw’ some cautiously expected after Trump sacked hawkish National Security Advisor John Bolton – a longtime proponent of military strikes on Iran – and declared his willingness to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. But neither are they the ‘fire and fury’ response some of the president’s confidants have been calling for.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo immediately blamed Iran for the “unprecedented attack,” while Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called for a strike on Iranian facilities in response, to “break the regime’s back.”

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