Trump Says He Has Approved Increased U.S. Sanctions on Iran

The president promised to impose additional sanctions following an Iranian strike on bases housing American troops in Iraq

President Donald Trump delivers remarks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, January 9, 2020.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act, at the White House, January 9, 2020.Credit: Evan Vucci/AP

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday the United States has increased sanctions on Iran after a missile strike this week on Iraqi bases housing American military personnel, but gave no other details.

"It's already been done. We've increased them. They were very severe, but now it's increased substantially," Trump told reporters at the White House. "I just approved it a little while ago with Treasury."

Trump did not elaborate on the new sanctions and said the Treasury Department would make a statement.

The U.S. president on Wednesday promised to "impose additional punishing economic sanctions on the Iranian regime" after Iran launched missile strikes on the bases in Iraq.

There were no casualties in Tuesday night's attacks, which were carried out in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike last week that killed senior Iranian leader Qassem Soleimani.

Earlier Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence said that Trump will ask allies to scrap the Iran nuclear deal.

“The president is going to call on our allies, in the days ahead, to join the United States to withdraw from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal and demand that Iran abandon its long history of sowing terrorist violence, abandon its nuclear ambitions and join the family of nations,” Pence said in an interview on ``Fox & Friends.″

Britain, France, Germany, the European Union, China and Russia have remained in the pact, which limited Iran’s uranium enrichment program in exchange for an easing of sanctions.

Iran has gradually rolled back its commitment to the deal and after Soleimani was killed in the drone attack. Tehran announced over the weekend that it would no longer respect limits set under the nuclear deal on how many centrifuges it can use to enrich uranium.

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