Why Trump is backing the US into a corner on Iran with new sanctions

The sanctions, which are designed to cripple the Iranian economy, have undermined the middle class and small businesses


Donald Trump | Photo: Reuters

Natasha Lindstaedt | The Conversation
After Iran shot down a US drone that allegedly entered Iran’s airspace, Donald Trump signed new sanctions against Iran on June 24, including against its supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. The move came days after the US president took to Twitter to reveal the US had been ten minutes away from striking back at Iran, but reversed course when Trump found out that 150 people could be killed.
Iran’s recent provocation came after a series of attacks in the busy Strait of Hormuz and the sabotage of four vessels travelling through the strait in May. Iran was accused of ramping up its sabotage activity – with experts pointing to Iran’s involvement due to the precision of the attacks.

First Published: Jun 27 2019 | 10:19 AM IST

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