The United States has imposed additional sanctions on Iran following its attack on US troops in Iraq this week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Friday.”We are announcing additional sanctions against the Iranian regime,” Mnuchin told a White House press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
These sanctions target both sectors of the Iranian economy – industry, textile, mining – as well as Iranian leaders involved in the Iraqi rocket attacks since January 8.
Pompeo said it is very likely that the Ukrainian plane that crashed near Tehran on Wednesday was shot down by an Iranian rocket.
Regarding the killing of former Iranian special forces commander Quasem Soleimani, the US Secretary of State explained that it was a decision by President Donald Trump that “made the world safer.”
Mike Pompeo also said that “no doubt” Iran was taking action in Iraq against US targets, including against the US embassy, but did not give further details.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated after US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the 2015 Vienna Agreement in the Iranian nuclear dossier concluded by his predecessor Barack Obama, and re-imposed high sanctions under the agreement and tightened them.
Fears about a US-Iran war in the Middle East broke out last week after Washington assassinated him in an attack by a drone (drone) in Baghdad on Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Friday. following the Iranian reprisals in Iraq.
The two sides seem to have moved away from the brink of war, but Trump threatened Tehran with new sanctions on Wednesday.