US House votes to curb Trump war power on Iran

French President Emmanuel Macron

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in "destabilizing" activities in the Middle East as well as Tuesday's missile strike, which came in retaliation for the USA killing of senior Iranian commander, Qassem Soleimani, in a drone strike.

Britain, France and Germany - the European powers that are party to the deal along with China and Russian Federation - have desperately tried to pressure Iran to stick to it.

During Friday's briefing, Pompeo was asked how his claim that the threat was "imminent" squared with prior comments he made indicating that he did not know when the attacks allegedly being planned by Soleimani would take place. He said the U.S. government made a judgement call regarding intel they received and did not have time to contact Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.

The drone strike that killed Soleimani came after a group that included Iranian-backed militiamen attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on December 31.

The restrictions limit the targets' ability to interact with the US financial system, do business with Americans, access dollars in some cases or travel to the United States. I don't know. But we didn't hear it in the classified intelligence briefing, ' the senator said.

He used filmmaker Michael Moore's tweets as an example of someone making the events "all about their hatred for Donald Trump. We urge all our partners to continue on the path set out in the JCPOA and to create conditions for the resumption of its sustainable implementation", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Gen, Qassem Soleimani, in a US airstrike at Baghdad Airport on January 3.

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In retaliation for his death, Tehran threatened that it would not respect any limits put down in the 2015 nuclear deal, which includes a restriction in nuclear research and development activities and limits on its number of uranium enrichment centrifuges.

US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, US December 21, 2019.

Pompeo's comment that USA embassies were being targeted echoed statements President Trump made at a Thursday campaign rally in Toledo, Ohio.

"To play this game with the War Powers Act, which I think is unconstitutional, is that whether you mean to or not, you're empowering the enemy", Lindsey Graham, a staunch Trump ally in the Senate, said on Wednesday.

"We can not allow our country to be lied into another war", she said. The sanctions will also target eight senior Iranian officials, whom Washington accuses of being involved in the latest missile attacks.

The actions, the administration says, will "cut off billions of support to the Iranian regime".

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