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February 3, 2017 1:11 pm

Two Days After Putting Iran ‘On Notice’ Over Hostile Behavior, Trump Administration Imposes New Sanctions Targeting Islamic Republic

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The launch of an Iranian Emad intermediate-range ballistic missile. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The launch of an Iranian intermediate-range ballistic missile. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Two days after “officially putting Iran on notice” over its recent hostile behavior — including a ballistic missile test — the US government on Friday announced new sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic.

According to the Treasury Department, the fresh measure is aimed at 13 individuals and 12 entities “involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps — Qods Force.”

“Iran’s continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States,” John E. Smith — the acting chief of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control — said in a statement. “Today’s action is part of Treasury’s ongoing efforts to counter Iranian malign activity abroad that is outside the scope of the JCPOA. We will continue to actively apply all available tools, including financial sanctions, to address this behavior.”

Former State Department official Aaron David Miller told CNN that the Trump administration’s move was the “safest and most judicious course of action at this stage.”

However, he added, the sanctions “are not going to put a major dent in Iran’s determined effort to continue its development of ballistic missile technology. The question really becomes what is the next Iranian move.”

Harry J. Kazianis — director of Defense Studies at the Washington, DC-based Center for the National Interest think tank — said in a statement, “President Trump’s quick action to punish the Iranian regime is a smart and well calibrated step to show Tehran that this administration will not allow, without serious consequences, the build-up of Iran’s other major military threat: dangerous missile systems that put America and its allies in harm’s way.”

“While the world has been rightly concerned over Tehran’s possible nuclear weapons capabilities, very little has been done to curb Iran’s growing missile arsenal,” he continued.

Earlier on Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Iran is playing with fire — they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!”

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also took to Twitter on Friday, saying, “Iran unmoved by threats as we derive security from our people. We’ll never initiate war, but we can only rely on our own means of defense.”

In a follow-up tweet, Zarif said, “We will never use our weapons against anyone, except in self-defense. Let us see if any of those who complain can make the same statement.”

On Thursday, as reported by The Algemeiner, Trump said “nothing is off the table” when it comes to potential US actions vis-à-vis Iran.

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  • watsa46

    They will take the new US Adm seriously only when one of their dangerous speedboats is blown-up in the air!
    What is Iran doing in Syria? No one attacked Iran as far as we know.

  • Smart talking by the Iranian Foreign Minister: can we trust him and the regime? If genuine, should be thanks for his pursuing for peace, but Iran nuclear program is clearly not a pacific one, that ballistic missile are for defence is clearly a nonsense, after so many affirmation by cleric and political leader that incite for example to destroy Israel! The revolutionary guards is an Islamic extremist force that combine with the Islamic cult ideology can fire up at any moment to impose the cult to others as requirement of such cult. Islam is negating freedom of religion and speech but at the same time they want that for himself in the international arena. Nazist-fascist communist and other ideology had committed crimes against humanity but the Islamic dominion and atrocity is much wide and still continue this day all around the world against Christian, Jews and other minority. Turkey example of the genocide of Armenian, Jews, Greke and other minority is well evident. Iran threatening to other nation security is evident in many place. Or is only lies from the west?? Iran is not a democratic nation, the riches man are the cleric that had substitute the King and their political rappresentative are holding the economical and military power that had subjugate the Iranian people. Imprisonment and torture against other idea e religion are use in massive way!

  • Victor Hafichuk

    Iran says: “Death to America! And if America dares do anything to stop us, we say, “Death to America!”

    Iran says, “We retain the right under Allah to destroy America and America has no right to defend itself.”

    Iran says, “We are Allah’s servants and America is the Great Satan. Therefore, who is America to tell us what to do?”

  • Lancelot Blackeburne

    These new sanctions on Iran seem a reasonable move given Iran’s increasingly bellicose and aggressive behavior.

    The Trump Administration clearly does not share the Obama Administration’s delusional view of the Iranian leadership.

  • Peter Like

    TRUMP IS AN IDIOT. Or even worse – a Zionist shill!!!!!!!!!!!!!!