President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US would pursue additional sanctions on Iran to increase pressure on the country to reconsider its nuclear arsenal.
- Iran’s top diplomat said earlier this month that sanctions from the Trump administration have waged an “economic war” against Tehran.
- The sanctions come as the latest of back-and-forth tensions between the countries.
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President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US would pursue additional sanctions on Iran to increase pressure
Speaking to reporters outside the White House before his departure to Camp David, Trump promised that “a lot more sanctions” will be enacted, but did not specify which areas they would target.
“Iran right now is an economic mess,” he said. “They are going through hell, the sanctions are hitting them hard.”
The president’s comments come weeks after Iran’s top diplomat said existing conditions under sanctions from the Trump administration that he said have waged an “economic war” against Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the US “cannot expect to stay safe” as the US continues to hammer Iran’s economy with harsh sanctions amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran that have led to fears of war, The Associated Press reported.