Washington preparing new sanctions against Tehran - media

Washington preparing new sanctions against Tehran - media

The US administration is expected to ratchet up pressure on Iran with a slew of new sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic's illicit ballistic missile program and regional support for terrorism, according to senior U.S. officials who deemed Iran in violation of the agreement's "spirit."

News of the new sanctions comes on the same day that Iranian military leaders threatened attacks on U.S. forces and bases in the Middle East should America move forward with new sanctions, particularly ones targeting the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC.

The new sanctions are part of a larger White House effort to counter Iran's massive military buildup and rogue militant activities across the Middle East, specifically in Syria.

The White House must make a decision by Tuesday on whether it will recertify that Iran is in compliance with the deal, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

As part of the effort to combat Iran's activities, the Trump administration is expected to announce an additional package of sanctions that includes 16 Iranian entities and individuals found to be supporting Tehran's illicit and criminal activities in the region. This includes seven entities and five individuals found to be supporting the Iranian military and criminal organizations.

Sanctions also have been leveled on three networks designated as supporting Iran's military procurement and another two organizations supporting Iran's ballistic missile program.

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