Trump unveils new sanctions against Iran as tensions rise

Donald Trump has announced new sanctions against Iran after Tehran threatened to enrich its stockpile of uranium.

The US president has issued an executive order imposing new restrictions on Iranian steel, aluminum, copper and iron.

Those sectors provide Iran’s troubled economy with foreign currency earnings.

Amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran, the White House said it had dispatched the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf.

Iran threatened to enrich its stockpile of uranium closer to weapons-grade levels in 60 days if world powers failed to negotiate new terms on the 2015 nuclear deal.

President Rouhani’s words come exactly a year after Donald Trump withdrew America from the Obama-era agreement and reimposed sanctions, although other nations stayed in.

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said there would be “consequences” for Iran if it broke its commitments under the 2015 deal.

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Mr Hunt, speaking alongside US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, described Iran’s threat to increase uranium enrichment as an “unwelcome step”.

Mr Pompeo said he was confident America and its allies would ensure Iran has “no pathway for a nuclear weapons system”.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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