The Trump administration announced Monday that the United States will restore sanctions imposed on Iran after they had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord.
That decision is a result of President Trump’s decision in May to remove the U.S. from a nuclear deal with world powers, according to The New York Times.
The purpose of the action, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, is to convince Iran to change its course of action, which would mean ending all nuclear enrichment, as well as supporting brutal governments and or uprisings in the Middle East.
The sanctions newly imposed will bar any transactions with Iran that involve dollar bank notes, gold, precious metals, aluminum, steel, commercial passenger aircraft and coal. They also will end imports into the United States of Iranian carpets and food items.
“We’re very hopeful that we can find a way to move forward,” said Pompeo. “But it’s going to require enormous change on the part of the Iranian regime.”
He added, “They’ve got to behave like a normal country. That’s the ask. It’s pretty simple.”
In November, a more stringent round of sanctions has been planned. These would include sanctions on Iran’s sale of crude oil, as well as transactions with its Central Bank.
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