Trump Warns Allies "Risk Severe Consequences" If They Violate Iran Sanctions

With the hours ticking by ahead of Washington's re-imposition of a slew of economic sanctions on Iran, President Trump has just released a statement confirming the narrative he would prefer Americans believe.

Just hours after the European Union issued a statement Monday ahead of when renewed US sanctions are set to snap back against Iran after midnight US Eastern time, saying it "deeply regrets" the sanctions and will take immediate action to protect European companies still doing business with Iran.

Trump makes it clear that any violation (among America's allies) will not be tolerated...

"The Trump Administration intends to fully enforce the sanctions reimposed against Iran, and those who fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences."

The first set of sanctions will hit at the Iranian financial system, including Iranian government purchases of US dollars and its gold trade and government bond sales. The US' dominant role in the world's financial system means it has been able to pressure countries and companies into compliance, though China remains a key holdout.

"The JCPOA, a horrible, one-sided deal, failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb," Trump said Monday, defining that its policy as applying "maximum economic pressure on the Iranian regime."

The US denies it is seeking regime change, but rather aims to "modify the regime's behavior," according to an administration official.

A US administration official said the Iranian government was using financial resources freed up by the nuclear deal "to spread human misery." The US was seeking now to address the "totality of the Iranian threat" in the Middle East.

"None of this needs to happen," an official said on sanctions. Trump is willing to meet the Iranian leadership "any time" for talks," the official noted.

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Full Statement below:

REIMPOSING TOUGH SANCTIONS: President Donald J. Trump, Administration is taking action to reimpose sanctions lifted under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

  • President Trump made clear when he ended United States participation in the JCPOA that his Administration would be reimposing tough sanctions on the Iranian regime.

In connection with the withdrawal from the JCPOA, the Administration laid out two wind-down periods of 90 days and 180 days for business activities in or involving Iran.

  • Consistent with President Trump's decision, the Administration will be reimposing specified sanctions after August 6, the final day of the 90-day wind-down period.

  • On August 7, sanctions will be reimposed on:

The purchase or acquisition of United States bank notes by the Government of Iran.

Iran, trade in gold and other precious metals.

Graphite, aluminum, steel, coal, and software used in industrial processes.

Transactions related to the Iranian rial.

Activities relating to Iran's issuance of sovereign debt

Iran, automotive sector.

  • The remaining sanctions will be reimposed on November 5, including sanctions on:

Iran, port operators and energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors.

Iran, petroleum-related transactions.

Transactions by foreign financial institutions with the Central Bank of Iran.

  • The Administration will also relist hundreds of individuals, entities, vessels, and   aircraft that were previously included on sanctions lists.

ENSURING FULL ENFORCEMENT: President Trump will continue to stand up to the Iranian regime's aggression, and the United States will fully enforce the reimposed sanctions.

  • The Iranian regime has exploited the global financial system to fund its malign activities.

The regime has used this funding to support terrorism, promote ruthless regimes, destabilize the region, and abuse the human rights of its own people.

  • The Trump Administration intends to fully enforce the sanctions reimposed against Iran, and those who fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences.

  • Since the President announced his decision on May 8 to withdraw from the JCPOA, the Administration has sanctioned 38 Iran-related targets in six separate actions.

PROTECTING OUR NATIONAL SECURITY: The JCPOA was defective at its core and failed to guarantee the safety of the American people.

  • President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran deal upheld his highest obligation: to protect the safety and security of the American people.

  • The Iranian regime only grew more aggressive under the cover of the JCPOA and was given access to more resources to pursue its malign activities.

The regime continues to threaten the United States and our allies, exploit the international financial system, and support terrorism and foreign proxies.

  • The Administration is working with allies to bring pressure on the Iranian regime to achieve an agreement that denies all paths to a nuclear weapon and addresses other malign activities.

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The initial reaction in markets was modest aside from in the oil complex where prices spiked...

Comments

JSBach1 AGuy Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:10 Permalink

Event though finding a pretext to galvanize public opinion for regime change is proving to be most difficult for the Israeli firsters one can rest assured they will undoubtedly exhaust all avenues in trying to find one -- no matter how crude.  They sense that time is running out and the seismic geopolitical shift is accelerating; and so, in their ever more increasingly desperation the Israeli firsters along with their useful idiots and traitors are engaged in an all out frenzy to speed-up their envisioned process of reshaping the ME in favor of Israeli firsters -- which took much longer than they initially surmised (7 countries in 5 years). Therefore, this sheer desperation, in turn, is causing many unintended consequences and a series of mistakes, which will ultimately aid the geopolitical shift to gain not only steam but unlikely, or initially unwilling partners -- as is already apparent with Russia, China, Iran, and EU to a lesser degree (by means of the threats of retaliation against uncompromising states in enforcing these sanctions against Iran). What they fail to realize in their desperate attempts to hold on to hegemonic power is that they are sowing the seeds of their own demise. Let's hope this demise does not culminate in a hot war in the final analysis.

The Looming War Against Iran

President Donald Trump and his neocon advisors have been trying to provoke a war with Iran and Syria for many months.
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So far, Tehran and its ally Damascus have refused to respond to US naval and air incursions or Israel’s growing air attacks in Syria. But the war of words between the US and Iran has now reached a critical phase.
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The Pentagon has planned a high-intensity air war against Iran that Israel and the Saudis might very well join. The plan calls for over 2,300 air strikes against Iranian strategic targets: airfields and naval bases, arms and petroleum, oil and lubricant depots, telecommunication nodes, radar, factories, military headquarters, ports, water works, airports, missile bases and units of the Revolutionary Guards.
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Direct western intervention in a major ground campaign seems unlikely. But the US and Israeli war plan would aim to totally destroy Iran’s infrastructure, communications and transport (including oil) crippling this important nation of 80 million and taking it back to the pre-revolutionary era. That was the plan for Iraq, the Arab world’s most industrialized nation. Today Iraq still lies in ruins.

http://www.unz.com/emargolis/the-looming-war-against-iran/

 

Here is the Saker's response to the above article:

AngloZionist Attack Options Against Iran

First, I can only agree with Margolis that neither the US nor Israel want a ground war against Iran: the country is too big, the Iranians too well prepared and the size of the force needed for such a campaign way beyond what the Empire can currently muster.

Second, Margolis is absolutely correct when he says that Iran does not have the means to stop a determined AngloZionist (missiles and aircraft) attack. Iran does have some modern air-defense capabilities, and the attackers will sustain a number of losses, but at this point, the size disparity is so huge that the AngloZionists will achieve air superiority fairly soon and that will give them an opportunity to bomb whatever they want to bomb (more about that later).

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Former Mossad head Meir Dagan was fully correct when he stated that a military attack on Iran was “the stupidest thing I have ever heard”. Alas, the Neocons have never been too bright, and stupid stuff is what they mostly do. All we can hope for is that somebody in the US will find a way to stop them and avert another immoral, bloody, useless and potentially very dangerous war.

http://www.unz.com/tsaker/anglozionist-attack-options-against-iran/

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bshirley1968 Truther Mon, 08/06/2018 - 11:59 Permalink

While appearing to "MAGA", the reality  is telling us something different.

These moves by Trump will further polarize the US in a World Economy....created by the same US.....to the point that we will be boycotted, further hated, and shunned at all cost.  When you couple that with our ponzi, debt load and the structure of our zombie economy, this is a recipe for bringing America down and the exact opposite of MAGA.

Don't get me wrong.  I am all for it, but I live in the reality of the pain it will bring and realize that what is on the other side of that melt down.  Someone has to pull the plug on the Matrix.  I have no doubt  Trump can do it....as I could were I in his position....but his MOTIVES are what I question.  Still not convinced he is just so in love with the American people and that he is doing what is best for them because he wants what's best for them.  I just can't swallow that bs.

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BurningFuld BarkingCat Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:46 Permalink

Donald Trump destroying trade relations one day at time. 

He doesn't see that countries will shift there buying practices. Trading relations that had taken decades to build are being shifted. Soybean contracts, wheat contracts are being shifted to other countries. Brazil and Russia are planting more soybeans and wheat and yes they do have the room. This is not like a negotiation to buy a building Donald. 

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Duc888 1 Alabama Mon, 08/06/2018 - 11:38 Permalink

 

 

It's all about the hundreds of millions Obama funneled to the Muslim brotherhood in Iran.  That's what Trump means when he said "Obama's deal with Iran was horrible".  Once you grok that then you'll understand why he has to do what he's doing.  Same thing with Syria, We're going after the Iranians (Muslim Brotherhood) inside Syria.

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Fantome Duc888 Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:54 Permalink

Logged in to downvote you. You're kind of worm that intends to live at the expense of others.  Muslim brotherhood is a Sunni organization that has no voice in Shi'a Iran but since apparently it's got that magical word in it's title "Muslim" is enough to force the narrative. Do the rest of us a favor and keep your miserable existence out of our sight.

 

Thank you.

 

"The Society of the Muslim Brothers, better known as the Muslim Brotherhood, is a transnational Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt by Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928."

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PrivetHedge lock-stick Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:37 Permalink

Get lost lock-stick, you sad spamming pharisee. This is what triggered you, if anyone wants to see you greatest fear they can find it here:

https://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/07/28/how-the-ashkenazi-j…

The documented history of the pharisees with references to their own literature, that's why you only demonise your enemies, because you can't answer the truth that your own tribe confirms.

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monk27 Winston Churchill Mon, 08/06/2018 - 14:26 Permalink

We are going to end up either at war or sanctioning everybody else. Then, we'll follow up by electing a pure laine socialist for president who will act as a true economic terminator (fortunately, but only for the rest of the world). At least USSR had enough common sense to go into the night, quietly. No such luck for US, I'm afraid. Our fall will be as epic as unpleasant...

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philipat ssk81646 Mon, 08/06/2018 - 21:25 Permalink

More bullying by the US. The FACT is there is still an Agreement in place with Iran which was a MULTILATERAL Agreement. Just because the US, in ts infinite wisdom, has arbitrarily and unilaterally pulled out of the Agreement does not mean the Agreement is not still binding on the other parties. And what precisely gives the US the right under International law to impose penalties on third party Sovereign States operating in other third party Sovereign States?

Iran has made no threats against anyone and has not attacked any other State in over 300 years (even that was self-defensive) and has honored the terms aggreed under JCPOA to the letter. If the US chooses not to do business with Iran that is perfectly fine but why should it try to impose its own policy on other "independent" Sovereign States.

Europe will as usual ultimately cave to its master but I fully expect that Russia, China, Turkey and others will either overtly or covertly tell the US to shove it.

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Anasteus Uchtdorf Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:53 Permalink

No sarcasm at all. Trump is disconnecting Europe from US, thus encouraging it to start making deals with Russia and China instead, which will lead to reformating the union into a new European block based on different principles. All the existing bullshit such as mass migration, liberal neomarxist agenda or building a totalitarian superstate (driven by the former US government) will be thrown away. Furthermore, Europe will be forced to consolidate relations with Russia, which in turn will be reflected also in the US. Iran is a shellgame, a theater for the masses, a tool.

An ingenious plan almost nobody pays attention to.

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Red Fred Duc888 Mon, 08/06/2018 - 13:05 Permalink

The Muslim Brotherhood, is a transnational Sunni Islamist organization founded in Egypt by Islamic scholar and schoolteacher Hassan al-Banna in 1928. Ahh yes, the organisation Huma Abedin and family support as officials, and Hillary Clinton and Company supports - that Muslim Brotherhood? It has ZERO to do with Iran who are of the Shia Muslim faith.

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