Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin delivered a joint statement on Friday expanding on President Trump’s announcement that additional sanctions will be placed on Iran in response to Iran’s attack on two American airbases.
These sanctions include action against eight senior Iranian regime officials, including Ali Shamkhani, the Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and Mohammad Ashtiani, the Deputy Chief of Staff of Iranian armed forces.
In addition, sanctions were imposed against 17 Iranian companies involved in mining, textiles, and metals production.
“As a result of these actions, the United States will cut off billion of dollars of support to the Iranian regime,” Mnuchin said.
After announcing the news on sanctions, Pompeo and Mnuchin were questioned by the press about what exact intelligence the U.S. had before ordering a drone strike on Iraninan military leader Qasem Soleimani, and whether this intelligence was shared in full with Congress during a classified briefing.
Pompeo said Soleimani was planning an “imminent” threat, but that the U.S. did not know exactly what time or day that attack would have occurred.
Pompeo and Mnuchin stressed that additional sanctions on Iran is the appropriate response for the attacks on two American airbases, reiterating that President Trump is not seeking a war.
“Our strategic effort is to get Iran to behave in a way that it doesn’t continue to terrorize the world,” Pompeo said.
Mnuchin and Pompeo stressed that additional sanctions will be added until change is seen in Iran.
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