Trump Says New Iran Sanctions Begin Monday

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VOA’s national security correspondent Jeff Seldin contributed to this report.

President Donald Trump said Saturday he planned “major” new sanctions against Iran to take effect Monday, without providing details.

Huddling with administration officials at the presidential retreat Camp David, Trump announced the move in a tweet.

Activists hold an “Uprising for Regime Change” rally and “solidarity march with the Iranian resistance” outside the White House in Washington, June 21, 2019.

James Phillips, a senior researcher at the conservative Washington-based Heritage Foundation, said he believes the immediate risk of a U.S.-Iran conflict has passed.

“It’s probably over as far as the incident goes with the shoot down of the drone. But, I think if there are further provocations, the president will respond in a strong and effective manner,” he said.

Phillips also said he does not expect Tehran to accept U.S. calls for negotiations while Trump continues a “maximum pressure campaign” of sanctions on Iran. 

“I doubt that Tehran will be serious until it sees who wins the next presidential election,” he said.

The U.S. announced this week it was authorizing another 1,000 troops, including a Patriot missile battery and additional manned and unmanned reconnaissance aircraft, to bolster defenses at U.S. positions in Iraq and Syria.

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