SMM News: on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said sanctions were being imposed on Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his government, a provocative measure aimed at increasing pressure on Iran. Sanctions will deny Khamenei access to financial resources and bear the ultimate responsibility for the hostile actions of the regime.
Mr Trump last week abruptly cancelled plans to carry out air strikes on Iran after it shot down a US Navy drone. The Trump administration also accused Iran of recently attacking two oil tankers near the Persian Gulf, which the latter denied.
"who knows what's going to happen?" Trump said. All I can tell you is that we must not let Iran have nuclear weapons. "
Us Secretary of State Pompeo has revealed that the United States has imposed sanctions on parts of the Iranian economy that account for more than 80 percent of the Iranian economy. He is on his way to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to assemble a United front against Iran.
In response, US Treasury Secretary Nutsin also said that in addition to sanctions against several senior advisers to Iran's supreme leader Ali Khamenei, the United States will also impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Zarif later this week.
Brian O'Toole, a former US Treasury sanctions officer who is now a senior researcher at the Atlantic Council, said the sanctions were purely symbolic. "this will have an impact because if the supreme leader is sanctioned, it will annoy the Iranians and make it difficult for the negotiations to succeed," O'Toole said. "
Iran has a tough attitude
Ashena, an adviser to Iranian President Rouhani, pointed out that if the United States wants Iran to make more concessions, it will have to say something other than the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. "if the Trump administration wants something other than the Iran nuclear deal, it has to come up with something that can be internationally guaranteed outside the Iraq nuclear deal," he wrote in a tweet. "
Iran has sought regional dialogue, calling US sanctions in defiance of international law, and Iran's ambassador to the United Nations has called for a regional security dialogue in the Middle East and criticized President Trump for tightening sanctions.
"there is a need for a genuine regional dialogue on regional security, which we have expressed our willingness to engage in, and we have requested the Secretary-General to play a role in this regard," Majid Takht Ravanchi told reporters at the United Nations. The decision of the United States today to impose more sanctions on Iran shows once again that the United States does not respect the international legal order and the views of the vast majority of people in the international community. "
Iran has warned the United States of its ability to shoot down more US spy drones as tensions escalate ahead of new sanctions expected to be imposed on Iran later today, the Associated Press reported.
The United States, Britain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates urge a diplomatic solution to the Iran issue
"We call on Iran to stop any further actions that threaten regional stability and urge a diplomatic solution to defuse tensions," the State Department said in an emailed joint statement between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Pompeo and the King and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia discussed strengthening security in the Strait of Hormuz. Countries are concerned about "escalating tensions in the region and the dangers posed by destabilizing activities in Iran to peace and security in Yemen and the wider region", including tanker attacks.
Secretary of State Pompeo discussed with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Ben Salman the need to strengthen security in the Strait of Hormuz, according to a statement issued by the State Department.
The three also discussed rising tensions in the region and agreed to work with the Gulf Cooperation Council to deal with the Iranian threat, the statement said.
Huitong Finance and Economics Huitong software showed that on June 25, Beijing time 08-45, American oil was at 57.85 U.S. dollars / barrel, down 0.45% on the day, and cloth oil was at 64.18 U.S. dollars / barrel, unchanged from the opening.