U.S. Imposes More Sanctions on Iran

Secretary Pompeo supports “maximum pressure” approach.

Sanctions were placed on a top Iranian charity and its affiliates Wednesday by the State Department and U.S. Treasury, who stated that the groups were committing human rights violations. The new sanctions largely supplement previous penalties already implemented on the charity.

In a statement, the Treasury Department said, “While it is ostensibly a charitable organization charged with providing benefits to the poor and oppressed, its holdings are expropriated from the Iranian people and are used by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to enrich his office, reward his political allies, and persecute the regime’s enemies.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated via Twitter, “The Maximum Pressure campaign against the Iranian regime continues to be effective. It deprives the regime of funds to carry out its malign activities. Reducing that pressure is a dangerous choice, bound to weaken new regional partnerships for peace and strengthen the regime.”

A statement from Secretary Pompeo also said, “The Iranian regime seeks a repeat of the failed experiment that lifted sanctions and shipped them huge amounts of cash in exchange for modest nuclear limitations.” He clearly referenced concessions made by the Obama administration as part of the Iran Nuclear Deal that President Trump pulled the U.S. out of in 2018.

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Sources: AP, NPR


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