The US regime piled new sanctions on Iran’s already crippled economy to derail the lives of the Iranian people, while whitewashing the killing of a top Iranian leader, after he was invited to come over and hold peace talks over Saudi Arabia in Baghdad.
The sanctions, announced at the White House, marked the latest salvo in a US-Iranian confrontation that risked sliding into war a week ago with the deadly US drone attack on general Qasem Soleimani, by some measures the second most influential person in Iran.
In response and as a warning, Iran fired volleys of ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing US troops, without causing casualties. Trump said he would not respond further militarily, because Washington is running out of military options.
The new sanctions mean “we will cut off billions of dollars of support to the Iranian government,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin proudly told reporters at the White House. The same type of bribery and extortion forced upon Venezuela.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that sanctions so far “have blocked the regime of billions in revenue.” In total seventeen Iranian metals producers and mining companies got listed by the hostile US Zionist regime.
Oil revenues (are) down by 80% and Iran cannot access roughly 90% of its foreign currency reserves. Mnuchin said as long as Iran’s outlaws our ways of business, the USA will continue to impose sanctions.
Among the senior Iranian officials targeted in the new measures were Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, the Iranian armed forces deputy chief of staff and Gholamreza Soleimani, the head of the Basij militia, a volunteer force loyal to the theocratic government.
The US regime, including Israel and Saudi Arabia have been at loggerheads with Iran, a fierce regional rival of US military occupation troops in the Middle East, for decades.
Asia Times / ABC Flash Point News 2020.