The State Department is slamming Iran's latest uranium enrichment acceleration in violation of the Iran nuclear agreement, calling it "extortion" the U.S. and international community should not appease.
Over the weekend, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reiterated the mission of stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and held the regime responsible for current escalations in the region.
Last week Iran attacked a Japanese oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman. Today the U.S. released more evidence Iran is responsible, despite repeated denials.
#BREAKING Latest images from US military show better view of what appears to be Iran #IRGC on fast attack craft approaching damaged tanker, removing limpet mine. Damage appears to be clearly made by limpet mine, weapon used by #Iran in past. pic.twitter.com/i6PNQgGUGX— Carla Babb (@CarlaBabbVOA) June 17, 2019
Meanwhile, the U.S. is reportedly ready to slap more sanctions Iran for financial violations. From the Washington Free Beacon:
The Trump administration is considering new sanctions on Iran to stop it from using backdoor financial methods as a means to skirt U.S. economic sanctions on its business dealings with leading European nations, according to multiple U.S. officials who told the Free Beacon that Tehran is operating a "nuclear racket."
The new sanctions would directly target Iran's Special Trade and Finance Institute (STFI), an alternate financial body established by Tehran to ensure it can continue engaging in lucrative trade deals with Europe in the face of heavy U.S. sanctions. The STFI was meant to replace the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (ISTEX), which France, Germany, and the United Kingdom created in January to facilitate trade with Iran.