Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran targeting supreme leader

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President Donald Trump speaks during his re-election kickoff rally at the Amway Center, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US President Donald Trump signed off on a new round of “hard hitting” sanctions against Iran amid heightened tensions between the two countries. The sanctions will target Iran’s supreme leader and other officials.

US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday that imposes new US sanctions against Iran.

The new sanctions will specifically target Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other Iranian officials, including eight senior commanders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the measures “go after the supreme leader’s office and lock up literally billions more in assets.”

Trump said that the move was part of an effort to “increase pressure on Tehran,” adding: “Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.”

Although the sanctions come amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran, the US president said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the recent downing of a US drone.

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