Pres. Trump to hit Iran with more sanctions in coming months

Reports are indicating that, if Joe Biden does become the next president, he will look to undo a number of President Donald Trump’s policies. Now, it appears that President Trump is taking preventative action in one key area with the hope of slowing Biden down and keeping the world a bit safer.

Newsmax reports that the Trump administration, between now and inauguration day, is planning on issuing a number of sanctions against Iran. 

“The sanctions are separate from the Iranian nuclear program and instead linked to its ballistic missile program, assistance to terror organizations and human rights violations,” the outlet reports.

Some background

President Trump in 2018 put an end to the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). It was one of former president Barrack Obama’s legacies, and the removal of America from it has become one of President Trump’s defining foreign policy decisions.

The White House explained why President Trump made the decision in a fact sheet, writing, “The JCPOA enriched the Iranian regime and enabled its malign behavior, while at best delaying its ability to pursue nuclear weapons and allowing it to preserve nuclear research and development.”

In other words, the Iran deal did not achieve its purpose. So, President Trump put an end to it and instead replaced it with harsh economic sanctions. These sanctions, according to Breitbart, ” targeted Iran’s crucial oil industry and cut Tehran’s access to its revenues abroad by blacklisting its banking sector, among others.”

The sanctions have been effective, and that is proven by the fact that Iran is far less happy with a Trump administration than it was with an Obama administration.

Looking forward

Now, Iran has renewed hopes with the possibility of a Biden administration.

Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, recently spoke about the prospect of a Biden administration, saying, “Now, an opportunity has come up for the next U.S. administration to compensate for past mistakes and return to the path of complying with international agreements through respect of international norms.”

Iran’s vice president, Eshagh Jahangiri, also put out a statement, saying, “I hope we will see a change in the destructive policies of the United States, a return to the rule of law and international obligations and respect for nations.”

Biden has not made clear his plans for Iran should he become president. But, there is reason to believe that he would take an approach more like Obama’s than Trump’s. We’ll see.

In the meantime, it looks as though President Trump will do his best to slow Biden down with further sanctions against Iran in the coming weeks.

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