U.S. Announces New Iran Sanctions On Senior Officials, Metals Industry

U.S. Announces New Iran Sanctions On Senior Officials, Metals Industry

The United States piled new sanctions on Iran's already crippled economy Friday and defended the killing of a top Iranian leader, saying he had been planning an "imminent" attack on USA embassies.

Both Pompeo and Trump had said United States embassies were threatened.

Soleimani was one of the most powerful figures in the Iranian regime.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi has told the USA secretary of state to send a delegation to Iraq tasked with formulating the mechanism for the withdrawal of U.S troops from Iraq, according to a statement released Friday.

Iran this week launched the strikes in retaliation for the USA drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the country's most powerful commander, in Baghdad last week.

The fresh sanctions also come with U.S., Canadian, and British officials saying evidence suggested that a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight that crashed in Iran hours after the January 8 missile attack had been hit by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, probably in error.

Pompeo said other American facilities in the Middle East, including military bases, were also being targeted by Soleimani.

In the wake of the killing of Soleimani, Iraq's parliament called for the withdrawal of all foreign troops from the country.

Tehran agreed to roll back parts of its nuclear weapons program in exchange for decreased economic sanctions.

Pompeo also made it clear that the USA acted against Soleimani to prevent what he called an "imminent attack" against US facilities, including the American embassy in Baghdad.

"Those are completely consistent thoughts".

"We don't know exactly which day it would've 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 will announce proposed National Environmental Policy Act regulations and receive his intelligence briefing before traveling to Toledo, Ohio, for a campaign rally alongside Pence.

"What President Trump did is he smoked out Iran, ended the global conceit, this pretence that Iran wasn't backing terrorist militia across the world, by basically holding the top general responsible for all these terrorist militia, accountable for his actions".

The president told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office that Soleimani became a target because he aimed to "blow up" the embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. "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.

Define what you mean by imminent, Pompeo was asked at Friday's White House session. It says Pompeo called the Iraqi premier.

The restrictions limit the targets' ability to interact with the US financial system, do business with Americans, access dollars in some cases or travel to the United States.

"We all challenge their work".

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