U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in "destabilizing" activities in the Middle East as well as Tuesday's missile strike, which came in retaliation for the U.S. killing of a senior Iranian general in a drone strike.
The administration is seeking to close a significant loophole that allows Iran and other nations to avoid sanctions: ship-to-ship transfers of crude oil, refined petroleum and other goods.
Iranian state TV had said the attacks were in revenge for the killing of the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, General Qasem Soleimani, in a U.S. drone strike, which was ordered by Trump.
He said the information the USA didn't have was where or when the attacks would occur. "I don't know exactly which minute, we don't know exactly which day it would have been executed, but it was very clear Qassem Soleimani himself was plotting a broad, large-scale attack against American interests, and those attacks were imminent", Pompeo said.
Trump's critics also rejected the administration's legal justification for failing to notify Congress about the strike against Soleimani.
Top American military officials including Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper have said there were no plans for the U.S.to withdraw from Iraq.
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Pelosi will hold her weekly press conference later this morning, which could provide some clues on when the Senate might be able to hold a trial on whether to remove Donald Trump from office.
Trump on Wednesday attempted to lower tensions with Iran by standing down from further military actions that could have sparked a new war in the Middle East. "We urge all our partners to continue on the path set out in the JCPOA and to create conditions for the resumption of its sustainable implementation", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Pompeo was asked about this discrepancy and whether the Trump administration had told senators multiple embassies were targeted.
Government officials in the US, UK, and Canada have said there is evidence that the crash was caused by surface-to-air missile, though with the caveat that the passenger jet was not necessarily downed on goal.
"We told them about the imminent threat, all of the intelligence that we've briefed that you've heard today".
"I said how many died, how many were wounded".
"As a result of these actions we will cut off billions of dollars of support to the Iranian regime and we will continue our enforcement of other entities", according to Mnuchin.