President Trump imposed sanctions on Iran on Friday, delivering on his promise to take a harder line with the volatile U.S. foe.
The sanctions, on 13 people and 12 companies, came a day after he put Iran “on notice” for testing a medium-range ballistic missile and for attacks by Iran-funded Houthi militants on a Saudi frigate. The early test from Iran has put pressure on Trump, following a campaign spent denouncing the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers negotiated by the Obama administration.
“Iran’s continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States. Today’s action is part of Treasury’s ongoing efforts to counter Iranian malign activity abroad ...,” said John E. Smith, acting director of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. “We will continue to actively apply all available tools, including financial sanctions, to address this behavior.”