Trump Calls New Sanctions on Iran the Harshest Ever Placed on a Country

The Daily Signal | 9/20/2019 | Staff
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President Donald Trump said Friday that new sanctions on Iran’s national bank are the strongest ever placed on a country, but reiterated that he hopes to avoid military action against the Islamist regime.

“I think sanctions work. The military would work. That’s a very severe form of winning,” Trump said during a joint White House press conference with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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“Nobody can beat us militarily,” the president said. “Nobody could even come close. What we’ve done for our military in the last three years is incredible.”

Iran is widely suspected to be behind the bombing of Saudi Arabian oil fields last week. Iran has denied involvement.

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Trump responded to a question about whether the administration’s new action exhausts sanctions, and what other options short of military action the United States might take.

Before the press conference, Trump announced in the Oval Office that the United States has sanctioned the Iranian national bank.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin described the move as the strictest form of sanctions on Iran, one that will block any financial interaction between the Islamic republic’s central bank and a U.S.-related entity.

“We are continuing the maximum pressure campaign,” Mnuchin told reporters before the press conference, saying that Iran’s central bank–as well as its national development fund or wealth fund–“will be cut off from our banking system.”

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“This will mean no more funds going to the [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] to fund terror,” the treasury secretary said. “This is on top of our oil sanctions and our financial institutions sanctions.”

Australia’s Morrison said he and the president did not discuss Iran, but during the press conference he characterized the United States as having...
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