Trump Reimposes All Iran Sanctions Lifted Under Nuclear Deal: 'Maximum Pressure Means Maximum Pressure'

The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Tehran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors ■ State Secretary Pompeo says sanctions are 'aimed at fundamentally altering the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran'

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
FILE PHOTO: Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran, May 8, 2018
FILE PHOTO: Trump signs a document reinstating sanctions against Iran, May 8, 2018Credit: AFP

The Trump administration on Friday announced the reimposition of all U.S. sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.

The sanctions will take effect Monday and cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. It’s the second batch of penalties that the administration has reimposed since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the landmark deal in May.

With limited exceptions, the sanctions will penalize countries that don’t stop importing Iranian oil and foreign companies that do business with blacklisted Iranian entities, including Iran’s central bank, a number of private financial institutions and state-run port and shipping companies.

>> Trump's sanctions against Iran threaten to mar the world order | Analysis ■ In just two years, President Trump has reversed the decline of American influence in the Middle East | Opinion ■ Will the U.S. midterms constrain Trump's wilder and inflammatory Mideast policy instincts? | Opinion

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions are “aimed at fundamentally altering the behavior of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He has released a list of 12 demands that Iran must meet if it wants the sanctions lifted. They include ending support for terrorism, ending military engagement in Syria and completely halting its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

“Maximum pressure means maximum pressure,” he said.

Pompeo said eight nations, which other officials identified as U.S. allies such as Italy, India, Japan and South Korea, will receive temporary waivers allowing them to continue to import Iranian petroleum products for a limited period as long as they end such imports entirely. He said those countries had made efforts to eliminate their imports but could not complete the task by Monday’s deadline.

Worshippers chant slogans against America, Israel and Saudi Arabia in a rally to condemn Saturday's terror attack in Ahvaz, Tehran, Iran, September 28, 2018.Credit: Ebrahim Noroozi/אי־פי

Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said 700 more Iranian companies and people would be added to the sanctions lists under the reimposed sanctions.

Iran hard-liners in Congress and elsewhere will probably be disappointed in the sanctions, as they were pushing for no oil import waivers, as well as the complete disconnection of Iran from the main international financial messaging network known as SWIFT.

Mnuchin defended the move to allow some Iranian banks to remain connected to SWIFT, saying that the Belgium-based firm had been warned that it will face penalties if sanctioned institutions are permitted to use it.

Pompeo and Mnuchin both said the sanctions will have exceptions for humanitarian purchases.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN


בנימין נתניהו השקת ספר

Netanyahu’s Israel Is About to Slam the Door on the Diaspora

עדי שטרן

Head of Israel’s Top Art Academy Leads a Quiet Revolution

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

Skyscrapers in Ramat Gan and Tel Aviv.

Israel May Have Caught the Worst American Disease, New Research Shows

ג'אמיל דקוור

Why the Head of ACLU’s Human Rights Program Has Regrets About Emigrating From Israel


Netanyahu’s Election Win Dealt a Grievous Blow to Judaism