Netanyahu praises Trump as US announces new Iran sanctions after missile strikes
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Netanyahu praises Trump as US announces new Iran sanctions after missile strikes

Mnuchin and Pompeo list 8 senior Iranian officials involved in ‘destabilizing’ activities; Iranian textile, construction, manufacturing and mining sectors also targeted

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin brief reporters about additional sanctions placed on Iran, at the White House, Friday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin brief reporters about additional sanctions placed on Iran, at the White House, Friday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday praised US President Donald Trump after his administration announced a new wave of sanctions on Iran following this week’s missile strikes by the Islamic Republic on US bases in Iraq.

Netanyahu “congratulates President Trump imposing sanctions against Iran,” which the prime minister said was “oppressing the Iranian people and threatening the peace of the entire world.”

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in “destabilizing” activities in the Middle East as well as Tuesday’s missile strike, which came in retaliation for the US killing of a senior Iranian general in a drone strike.

Mnuchin said Trump will issue an executive order imposing sanctions on anyone involved in the Iranian textile, construction, manufacturing or mining sectors. They will also impose separate sanctions against the steel and iron sectors.

US President Donald Trump (R) meets with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on September 26, 2018 in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. (AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm)

“As a result of these actions we will cut off billions of dollars of support to the Iranian regime,” the treasury secretary said.

The administration has already reinstated all the US sanctions that were eased under the 2015 nuclear deal, which has caused significant economic hardship in Iran and cut its oil exports to historic lows.

Iran this week launched the strikes in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Revolutionary Guard general Qassem Soleimani, the country’s most powerful military commander, in Baghdad last week.

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