U.S. announces new sanctions on Iran after missile strikes

Posted at 9:30 AM, Jan 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Trump administration on Friday announced a new wave of sanctions on Iran following this week's missile strikes by the Islamic Republic on U.S. bases in Iraq.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in “destabilizing” activities in the Middle East as well as Tuesday's missile strike, which came in response to the U.S. killing of a senior Iranian general in a drone strike.

Mnuchin said President Donald Trump will issue an executive order imposing sanctions on anyone involved in the Iranian textile, construction, manufacturing or mining sectors.

“Today President Trump is delivering on the pledge that he made the day after Iran attacked American forces in Iraq where there will be a series of new sanctions,” said Pompeo.

Pompeo says sanction targets include the Secretary of the Supreme National Council and the commander of the besieged forces.

“That’s the regime’s brute squad, which has in the last few months killed approximately 1,500 Iranians who were simply demanding freedom,” said Pompeo.