Netanyahu Thanks Trump Before Iran New Sanctions Come Into Effect

The United Arab Emirates also spoke out in favor of the move, stating that 'Tehran's aggressive policies' are to blame ■ Sanctions to be reimposed Monday

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Israel's municipal elections this week.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during Israel's municipal elections this week.Credit: Emil Salman
Noa Landau

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for deciding to reimpose sanctions on Iran. 

"Thank you, President Trump for this historic step. The sanctions are indeed coming," Netanyahu stated ahead of the renewed, far-reaching sanctions that Washington is slated to slap on Tehran next week. 

The newly introduced sanctions will target Iran's oil sales and banking sectors in order 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.

"For years I have been calling for renewed sanctions against the terrorist and murderous Iranian regime, which endangers the entire world," Netanyahu added in his statement.

"The effects of the first sanctions are already being felt – the real [ the Iranian currency] is in decline. The Iranian economy is in a depression, we are seeing the results of the sanctions in the field," the premier continued.

The United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for foreign affairs, Anwar Gargash, said on Saturday that Iran’s “aggressive policies” were “largely responsible” for the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Tehran.

Iran’s top leader was earlier reported as saying that Trump’s policies face opposition across the world as Washington prepared to reimpose sanctions on Iran’s vital oil-exporting and financial sectors.

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