By Shahriar Kia
The United States imposed sanctions Monday on the Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei and a string of military chiefs, tightening pressure on the regime.
Trump signed the punitive financial measures in the Oval Office, calling it a “strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.”
Repeating that “never can Iran have a nuclear weapon,” Trump said it was now up to Tehran to negotiate.
“We do not ask for conflict,” he said, adding that depending on Iran’s response the sanctions could end tomorrow — or it “can also be years from now.”
Expanding on the new measures, the Treasury said the United States will blacklist the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and block “billions” more in Iranian regime assets, with eight top commanders from the regime’s Revolutionary Guards already added to the list.
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said in response to President Trump’s announcement: “Sanctioning Khamenei & his office, the epicenter of crime, corruption & terrorism in Iran, is spot-on and most imperative. These sanctions must be expanded to the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence & Security (MOIS), which has blocked the uprising for a free Iran.”