White House Expected to Announce New Sanctions Against Iran

February 2, 2017 The Trump administration is expected to announce new sanctions against more than two dozen Iranian targets as early as Friday.

Reuters reports that late Thursday a source said the Trump administration is preparing new sanctions against Iran, marking a more aggressive policy against Iran he promised during the 2016 presidential campaign.

During a news conference on Wednesday, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn condemned Iran’s recent ballistic missile test launch, calling it a “provocative” breach of a United Nations Security Council resolution. Flynn said the U.S. is putting Iran on notice because the Obama administration failed to respond to Iran’s actions.” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi responded to Flynn’s comments on Thursday:

“It is a shame that the U.S. government, instead of thanking the Iranian nation for their continued fight against terrorism, keeps repeating unfounded claims and adopts unwise policies that are effectively helping terrorist groups., Qassemi said.

Tensions between Iran and the U.S. have escalated in recent years, evidenced by a series of confrontations in region. In July, 2016, just days after the one-year anniversary of a nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers, Iran attempted at least four ballistic missile tests in violation of a United Nation Security Council resolution tied to the nuclear agreement. Resolution 2231 calls on Iran “not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

The Iranian government has maintained that missile development is within its rights to self-defense against attack from Israel, its longtime regional adversary. International security experts say Iranian cyber powers are far below those of the United States, Russia, China and Israel — but warn that Iran’s state hacking program demonstrates its capabilities are improving.

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