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US's Bolton says more sanctions likely on Iran

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US said Thursday that more sanctions were possible on just days after a new round of measures touted as the most punishing ever on entered into force.

Bolton said two rounds of unilateral US sanctions introduced by in August and most recently on Monday had had a "quite significant" effect on the Iranian economy and the country's actions abroad.

"I think that you're going to see even more sanctions coming into play over time and much tighter enforcement of the sanctions," Bolton told reporters in

Asked what would be the target of the sanctions, he replied, "There are other things we can do in the terrorism and counterterrorism area." The forecasts that the sanctions will cause Iran's economy to contract 1.5 per cent this year and 3.6 per cent next year - pain that Trump has boasted about.

"We've seen indications that it has affected their belligerent activity in Iraq, and Not enough yet, but it's beginning to have that effect," Bolton said.

"We've seen a continuation and exacerbation of political discontent inside That opposition continues to manifest itself. Economically the Iranian currency is going through the floor, inflation has quadrupled and the country is clearly in recession."

He said "the objective is still to drive Iranians exports of to zero" despite waivers given to the biggest buyers of Iranian oil, including China, and

"It's with some satisfaction that I noticed today the price of is down. We have worked with the Saudis, the Emiratis, and other producers to make sure production is up so that historic buyers of Iranian are not disadvantaged," he added.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 21:50 IST