Trump says US moving forward with ‘additional sanctions’ on Iran

Saturday, June 22, 2019
By Paul Martin
22 Jun, 2019

US President Donald Trump has said that “additional sanctions” against Iran are aimed at stopping the country from developing a nuclear bomb, but warned that military actions against Tehran remains on the table.

“We’re putting additional sanctions on. They’re going on slowly and, in some cases, pretty rapidly, but additional sanctions are being put on Iran,” the US President said, without specifying what the fresh round of restrictions were.

The US increasing pressure on Tehran is “not about oil,” he insisted. “The fact is that we’re not going to have Iran have a nuclear weapon. When they agree to that, they’re going to have a wealthy country and I’m going to be their best friend.”

Trump told reporters on Saturday that it was important to “start over” on the Islamic Republic, and rephrased his own campaign slogan, saying: “Let’s make Iran great again.”

“Hopefully Iran is smart and cares about its people,” he said, warning Tehran against any rash moves.

Trump also addressed the role of his national security advisor, John Bolton, who is believed to be the main advocate for using force against Iran. Bolton is “definitely a hawk,” Trump reportedly said, adding that he is listening to “everybody” on Iran.

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