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Pompeo: US sanctions will target Irans regime, not people

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that upcoming economic sanctions against Tehran is focused on targeting the Iranian regime, not its people.

“On November 5, we will place tough sanctions on #Irans ruling regime. Our aim is to compel Iran to abandon its destructive activities. The sanctions will target the regime—not the people, who have suffered the pain of their governments mismanagement, theft, and brutality,” he tweeted.

Washington will on Monday reintroduce far-reaching sanctions on Irans vital oil sales and banking sectors to try to force the Islamic Republic into negotiations to scrap its nuclear energy and ballistic missile programs and end its support for proxies in conflicts across the Middle East.

On November 5, we will place tough sanctions on #Irans ruling regime. Our aim is to compel Iran to abandon its destructive activities. The sanctions will target the regime—not the people, who have suffered the pain of their governments mismanagement, theft, and brutality.

— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) November 3, 2018

Pompeos statement on Saturday echoed that of UAEs minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, who said on Saturday that Irans “aggressive policies” were “largely responsible” for the reimposition of US sanctions on Tehran.

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Last Update: Sunday, 4 November 2018 KSA 01:14 – GMT 22:14