President Trump on Tuesday called the sanctions against Iran that went into effect at midnight “the most biting sanctions ever imposed,” and warned that countries that do business with Tehran will not do business with the U.S.
“In November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” ~ President Trump
Rouhani told state television on Monday night that Iran had no intention of negotiating a new deal with the United States.
“If you’re an enemy and you stab the other person with a knife, and then you say you want negotiations, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife. They want to launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation. Negotiations with sanctions doesn’t make sense.”
The re-imposed sanctions target a range of sectors, blocking Iran from purchasing US banknotes and trading in gold and metals.
They will also limit Iran’s access to the software and automotive sectors, while blocking its ability to buy commercial aircraft or trade in food and other goods as well.
Even more punishing sanctions targeting Iran’s massive oil industry will take effect on November 5.
The impact of the return of sanctions has ramped up tensions inside Iran, which has seen days of protests and strikes in multiple towns and cities over water shortages, high prices, and wider anger at the political system.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards confirmed it had held war games in the Gulf over the past several days, saying they were aimed at “confronting possible threats” by enemies, the state news state news agency IRNA reported.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.