Trump Imposes New Iran Sanctions Targeting Khamenei
A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions against Iran mark a permanent end to a diplomatic path for resolving tensions between the two countries."Imposing fruitless sanctions on Iran's leadership and the chief of Iranian diplomacy mean the permanent closure of the road of diplomacy with the frustrated U.S. administration," Abbas Mousavi wrote on Twitter.He added that U.S. President Donald Trump's approach is "destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security."The comments follow Trump's move to impose what he called "hard-hitting" new financial sanctions against Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and eight senior commanders in the Iranian military and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.Trump signed an executive order Monday he said would curb access that Khamenei and Iran would have to world financial markets. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the action would "literally" lock up "tens and tens of billions of dollars" of Iranian assets.Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures to a crowd at a June 4, 2019 ceremony in Tehran.Mnuchin also said the United States could also target Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, one of Tehran's best known figures on the world stage, with sanctions in the coming days.Trump called his order a "strong and proportionate" American response to Tehran's shoot-down last week of an unmanned U.S. drone, which Washington says occurred in international airspace near the Strait of Hormuz and Iran claims occurred over its airspace.The U.S. leader said he imposed the sanctions because of a series of "belligerent acts" carried out by Iran, which U.S. officials say include Iran's targeting of Norwegian and Japanese ships traversing the Strait of Hormuz with mine explosions days before the attack on the drone.The executive order is aimed at pushing Tehran back to one-on-one talks with the U.S. over its nuclear... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Trump Imposes New Iran Sanctions Targeting Khamenei, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you
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