President Trump orders Treasury Dept. to increase sanctions on Iran

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 11:22 AM PT — Wednesday, September 18, 2019
President Trump has ordered more economic sanctions on Iran just days after the attack on Saudi oil facilities. In a tweet Wednesday, the president said:

I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 18, 2019

This comes after Saudi Arabia said the attack was carried out with Iranian weapons, and several U.S. government sources said it likely originated in the Islamic Republic.

Remains of what was described as a misfired Iranian cruise missile used in an attack this weekend that targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, at background and a drone used on May 14, 2019 in an attack on Afif, in the Najd region, foreground, are displayed during a press conference by Saudi military spokesman Col. Turki al-Malki, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Tehran has said it will not negotiate with the U.S. until America comes back to the Obama-era nuclear deal, which President Trump pulled out of in 2018.
On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed the conflict squarely on the U.S.
”We did not start breaking deals, we did not start cutting relations — those who have taken a step back should better take a step forward,” he stated. ”Negotiations under maximum pressure is impossible…if your claims are right and if you are after negotiations, all pressures should be lifted.”
Rouhani also said he may skip next weeks UN General Assembly in New York, citing U.S. obstacles as the reason.

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