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Trump slaps new curbs on Iran, 'it will lock up billions of dollars'

Trump also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone

Reuters  |  Washington/Riyadh 

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President Donald imposed new sanctions on on Monday following Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone and said the measures would target Iranian Supreme Leader told reporters he was signing an executive order for the sanctions amid tensions between the and that have grown since May, when Washington ordered all countries to halt imports of Iranian oil. also said the sanctions would have been imposed regardless of the incident over the drone. He said the supreme leaders was ultimately responsible for what Trump called “the hostile conduct of the regime.” “Sanctions imposed through the executive order ... will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support,” Trump said.

The Trump administration wants to force to open talks on its nuclear and missile programmes and its activities in the region. said on Monday cyber attacks on its military had failed, as Washington sought to rally support in the West Asia and Europe for a hardline stance that has brought it to the verge of conflict with its longtime foe. Washington has blamed for attacks on tankers in the Gulf in recent weeks, which Iran denies. On Monday, the United States said it was building a coalition with allies to protect Gulf shipping lanes.

Pompeo discusses Iran with allies

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed Iran and maritime security with rich Gulf Arab allies during a trip to the region on Monday after President Donald Trump called off a military strike to retaliate for Tehran’s downing of a US drone. Pompeo arrived in the UAE after meeting with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia where talks covered protection for ships in the Gulf. - Reuters

First Published: Tue, June 25 2019. 01:50 IST