Donald Trump administration tightens Iran sanctions

The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on Iran, which it said were just "initial steps" and added that Washington would no longer turn a "blind eye" to Iran's hostile actions.

Donald Trump administration tightens Iran sanctions

The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on Iran, which it said were just "initial steps" and added that Washington would no longer turn a "blind eye" to Iran's hostile actions.

The sanctions on 25 individuals and entities were the opening salvo by President Donald Trump who has vowed a more aggressive policy against Iran.

The sanctions came two days after the administration had put Iran 'on notice' following a ballistic missile test.


"The Trump Administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations that threaten our interests," National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said in a White House statement.

"The days of turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over," Flynn added.

Suggesting that more concrete action could follow if Iran does not curb its ballistic missile program and continues support in regional proxy conflicts, a senior administration official said the latest sanctions were the initial steps in response to Iran's "provocative behaviour".

The administration was "undertaking a larger strategic review" of how it responds to Iran.

Iran denounced the sanctions as illegal and said it would impose legal restrictions on American individuals and entities helping "regional terrorist groups", state TV quoted a Foreign Ministry statement as saying.

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