Trump decides to increase sanctions against Iran
US-Iran relations remain tense after Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian Nuclear Program (JCPOA) in 2018.
US President Donald Trump said that he ordered to strengthen sanctions against Iran.
“I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury (Stephen Mnuchin. – Ed.) to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!” Trump wrote on Wednesday, September 18, on his Twitter.
On September 14, two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were attacked. The attacks were carried out on the enterprises of the state-owned company Saudi Aramco. The incident provoked Riyadh's cut in oil production by more than half and a soar in prices. Oil production capacity is planned to be restored by the end of September.
On September 16, the Arab coalition blamed Iran for the attack, but Tehran called the allegations a lie. The responsibility was assumed by the followers of the Ansar Alla Yemeni rebel movement of the Hussites, who have already promised to carry out another attack.
However, the United States continues to blame Iran and declared its readiness for decisive retaliatory action. Washington has already put its forces on alert to protect the interests of its own and allies in the region.
US-Iran relations remain tense after Washington withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action for the Iranian Nuclear Program (JCPOA) in 2018. This agreement implied lifting sanctions against Tehran in exchange for the cessation of nuclear development by the Islamic Republic.
The United States renewed sanctions against Iran, in response to which Tehran announced its decision to terminate its obligations under the document regarding the reserves of enriched uranium and heavy water.