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‘Major Additional Sanctions’ On Iran Would Be Imposed By US: Trump


‘Major Additional Sanctions’ On Iran Would Be Imposed By US: Trump
“Major additional sanctions” would be imposed against Iran soon by the United States, said President Donald Trump. Tensions between Washington and Tehran reached new heights after the shooting down of a US drone by Iranian surface to air missile. Following that incident, Trump cancelled an order to conduct military strikes against Iran because of concerns of loss of life because of such an attack.
During the weekend, Trump also discussed tensions between the U.S. and Iran at Camp David
“We want to be proportionate,” Trump told reporters about the issue.
However, the use of military power against Iran in the near future was not ruled out by him, Trump said. “It’s always on the table until we get this solved,” he said. “We have a tremendously powerful military force in that area.”
“Iran cannot have Nuclear Weapons! Under the terrible Obama plan, they would have been on their way to Nuclear in a short number of years, and existing verification is not acceptable. We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday. I look forward to the day that.........Sanctions come off Iran, and they become a productive and prosperous nation again - The sooner the better!” wrote Trump in a tweet.
In recent weeks, Iran and the US have nearly come to blows after the tensions between the two countries reached a boiling point.
About a week after two oil tankers were rocked by explosions in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz, a U.S. military surveillance drone was shot down with a Iranian surface-to-air missile. The sea in the Gulf of Oman near the Strait of Hormuz is amongst the busiest and most used pathway for oil shipments.
The global price of crude oil increased last week over concerns of increased tensions between Iran and the US which would cause disruption of the shipment and flow of crude oil.
Earlier last week, a planned military strikes against Iran was called off by Iran and said that the reason was the possibility of loss of life. He further had said that such a military strike would not be proportionate with the incident of the shooting down of US surveillance drone by Iranian security forces.
While the US has claimed that its unmanned surveillance drone was flying over international airspace, Iran has claimed that the drone had violated Iranian air space. Tehran has also been accused by Washington of being behind the attacks on oil tankers in recent weeks. Such charges have been strongly denied by Iran. 
“But this is not about the Straits,” Trump said, referring to the Strait of Hormuz and oil shipments through it. “This is about Iran cannot have a nuclear weapon. It’s very simple.”
The existing division within his administration about a possible reaction to the downing of the drone was also discussed by Trump. The national security advisor John Bolton was described as a “hawk” by Trump and added that Bolton takes a “tough posture”. He also criticized the support that Bolton lent to the 2003 Iraq War.

“John Bolton is doing a very good job, but he takes a -- generally, a tough posture,” Trump said. “But I have other people who don’t have that posture. But the only one that matters is me. Having people on both sides, to me, is very important.“

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