Trump signs executive order imposing 'hard hitting' sanctions on Iran

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Iran said the drone was over its territory, but the U.S. said it was in global airspace. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called "the hostile conduct of the regime".

The targets of the new sanctions include senior military figures in Iran, blocking their access to any financial assets under U.S. jurisdiction. "I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us but that doesn't mean we're going to show it in the future", Trump said. "The President's order will deny Iran's leadership access to financial resources and authorizes the targeting of persons appointed to certain official or other positions by the Supreme Leader or the Supreme Leader's Office".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described the new sanctions as "significant" as he left Washington on Sunday for a trip to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to continue the Trump administration's effort to build a coalition of allies to counter Iran. We don't even need to be there in that the USA has just become (by far) the largest producer of Energy anywhere in the world!

Tensions between Iran and the US have escalated recently following Iran's shootdown of a USA drone and US cyberattacks against an Iranian intelligence group.

When asked if his executive order was in response to the Iranian attack on United States drone, Trump replied "you could probably add that into this" but then said, "this was something that was going to happen anyway". The US claimed that the drone was flying over worldwide waters.

We have watched President Donald Trump toss aside diplomatic work by his European counterparts to bring Iran into a more normal relationship with the outside world. However, Iran's recent actions suggest they will remain defiant toward the White House, leaving the door open to a possible military confrontation.

The Trump administration wants to force Tehran to open talks on its nuclear and missile programs and its activities in the region. The U.S. has blamed the attacks on Tehran, which has denied any wrongdoing.

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The deal had seen relevant sanctions were lifted, but the U.S. pulled out a year ago and reinstated sanctions.

The President also instructed Secretary Mnuchin to sanction Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif "later this week", said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

But Iran's Navy chief is warning that the regime would shoot down more U.S. drones.

"We've got concerns about the sanctions against Iran, [but] we are seeing a better demand picture because of the actions of central banks, which is benefiting all commodities. and we have got a weaker U.S. dollar", McCarthy said. Iran claimed the drone had entered Iranian airspace. "The only path forward is for Iran to negotiate a comprehensive deal that addresses the full range of its destabilising behaviours".

Trump's administration has said the deal struck under his predecessor President Barack Obama did not do enough.

In addition to Khamenei, the US Treasury Department said it was taking action against eight senior commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Mr Mnuchin says Washington has not consulted with allies on the sanctions, which are just the latest in a series to target Iran since the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal in May previous year.

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