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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 12:47 PM

Trump admin. imposes crushing sanctions on Iran in defiance of European humanitarian concerns

THEY'RE THROWING EVERYTHING AGAINST THE WALL

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions on Iran’s financial sector on Thursday in defiance of European allies who warned that the move could have devastating humanitarian consequences on a country reeling from the novel coronavirus and an ongoing currency crisis, three officials familiar with the decision said Wednesday.

The measures target the few remaining banks not currently subject to secondary sanctions in a move European governments say is likely to diminish channels Iran uses to import humanitarian goods, such as food and medicine, officials said.

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin challenged that assertion in a statement, saying the designation of 18 Iranian banks “reflects our commitment to stop illicit access to U.S. dollars” and added that “today’s actions will continue to allow for humanitarian transactions to support the Iranian people.”

The move represents a major pre-election push on a signature Trump administration policy that has succeeded in devastating the Iranian economy, while failing to moderate Tehran’s behavior or limit its nuclear program. Since President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, Tehran has exceeded the limits of the agreement and enriched more uranium than it did before the accord’s signing. U.S. officials in Iraq have also experienced an uptick in rocket fire and other attacks by Iranian-backed militias.


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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 12:49 PM

1. Iran clearly isn't chipping in to help his re-election efforts.

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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 12:51 PM

2. Can Congress stop this?

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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 12:51 PM

3. Republicans are running out of countries to beat up.

Trump enjoys hurting all people.

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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 12:55 PM

4. He would love to bait them into a war this month.

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