WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump, said on Wednesday, that he had directed his Secretary to Treasury “greatly increase sanctions” imposed on Iran, following an attack on Arabian oil facilities by several US officials. blame on Tehran.
US President Donald Trump is going from One Air Force at Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California on September 17, 2019. REUTERS / Tom Brenner
He did not give details of the move and Tehran denied that he was behind the attack, which first laid half of Saudi oil production first and launched higher oil prices.
Yemen's Houthi movement, ally from Iran who is fighting a Western-led coalition, led by Saudi for more than four years, acted for responsibility for the attack, claiming that Riyadh has been dismissed in an attempt to engage Tehran cover.
A US official told Reuters that the strikes came from South West Iran. Three officers stated that they were crumbled and drone missiles, reflecting higher complexity and sophistication than originally thought. (nL2N2682ER)
The White House and Treasury Department did not immediately respond to requests for comments on the sanctions.
But an official from the previous Exchequer said that Washington could focus on the Islamic Republic with secondary sanctions that could hinder the efforts of European allies who are still parties to nuclear dealings with Iran which last year drew Trump.
“France is swimming on the credit line 15 bln and there is no way I could see the Trump administration letting happen now,” said the former officer.
In early September, France proposed to offer $ 15 billion in credit lines until the end of the year if Tehran fully returns to the 2015 nuclear deal, but the whole arrangement would affect US approval. (NL5N25U37R)
“Although it is not clear at this stage what these sanctions are for, if they are a response to Iran's increase in the region, they will have to follow any entities involved in the recent strike. Full stop, ”said Behnam Ben Taleblu, senior member of the FDD think tank.
“Nothing said less and it will be as Washington will be pulling its punches,” he said.
The relationship between Iran and the United States has deteriorated in the past year, when Trump pulled the United States back from the nuclear pact with Iran and six other countries saying it had gone far short, t and sanctions against Iran.
Trump said he does not want to meet Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during U.N. in New York this month. Rouhani and his foreign minister may not attend the US General Assembly unless US visas are issued. in the coming hours, Iran's state media reported on Wednesday.
Some of Trump's closest colleagues in Congress urged U. more than sanctions. “It's to take something longer than sanctions to stay in hand… I'm looking for a sure answer.” Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill.
“The goal is to discourage their aggressive behavior and we are not there yet.”
Additional reporting by Makini Brice, Susan Heavey and Lisa Lambert; Edited by Bernadette Baum and Alistair Bell
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