Trump Administration Imposes Crushing New Sanctions On Iran

| Educate!

Above photo: The US president has authorised Mr Pompeo to sanction ‘any part’ of Iran’s economy. Pool/AFP via Getty Images.

NOTE: It is important to remember that what the United States is doing to Iran is economic warfare. The economic measures are not technically “sanctions” and are illegal under international law. The United States tried to get approval for them by the United Nations recently and was rejected. This economic warfare is just as deadly as dropping bombs.

Also, the designation of Iran’s military as a “terrorist organization” was done without any evidence to support it and for the purposes of trying to legitimize actions such as the murder of General Soleimani and more economic warfare. These are tools of empire and they are causing death and suffering, making the United States less secure and more ostracized by the international community for its cruelty and refusal to cooperate with the world.  – MF

The move will make it hard for the country to import humanitarian goods like food and medicine, US allies say.

The Trump administration on Thursday imposed a new, crushing round of sanctions that virtually blacklists Iran’s entire financial sector – raising concerns it will cut off the country’s ability to import humanitarian goods like food and medicine.

Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement that the sanctions, which target 18 banks and penalize foreign institutions that do business with them, are part of efforts to cut down on “illicit access to U.S. dollars” and won’t stifle humanitarian efforts.

“Our sanctions programs will continue until Iran stops its support of terrorist activities and ends its nuclear programs,” Secretary Mnuchin said. “Today’s actions will continue to allow for humanitarian transactions to support the Iranian people.”

The country is struggling with both a record-setting coronavirus outbreak and a currency crisis, making the latest round of sanctions, which essentially sever Iran from the global financial system, an even heavier blow.

Foreign companies or individuals doing business with the  banks will have 45 days to unwind their relationships, and then will face “secondary sanctions.”

Security Council nations have not recognized the decision.

In 2018, the Trump administration withdrew the US from the deal and reimposed some of the sanctions it had lifted, and tense relations have remained since. In 2019, the president designated the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a foreign terrorist organization, over objections from the US Department of Defense.

And in 2020, following earlier attacks the U.S. alleged were led by Iranian-backed militias, a drone strike in Iraq killed Iran’s top military commander, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and the country responded with missile attacks on U.S. forces.

Mr Trump’s rival in the election, former Vice President Joe Biden, supports returning to the nuclear deal.