A key part of President Donald Trump’s economic sanctions plan is a new plan to punish countries that have violated the nuclear deal with Iran, the Associated Press has learned.
The plan would require sanctions relief from all the nations whose citizens have been sanctioned by the U.S. in the past six months, and also a reduction in U.N. aid for Iran.
It is the first time in more than a decade that Trump has put this new sanctions plan into action.
The AP is reporting that Trump and his aides are also working on plans to impose sanctions on Iran’s allies, including Israel and Egypt, if they do not curb their nuclear program.
The new sanctions proposal was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which quoted a senior administration official as saying the plan was meant to be “a first step in an effort to limit the scope of Iran’s illicit nuclear program.”
It is not clear when the plan will become law, but Trump has said that it will take effect when the U to Congress for ratification.
Iran’s foreign minister said last month that Trump was trying to do “everything possible to push the Iranians back on their path.”
The U.K. Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, also said the U is in talks with the U of A. to get a new sanctions bill passed.
The U of T professor and nuclear expert Dr. Richard Falk called the new plan a “very serious threat to our security and the security of our friends in the region.”
He said it is a threat to the stability of the international community, but said it has not been fully explained by the administration.
“There’s no doubt that this has been an attempt to intimidate and isolate the U, to do everything possible to isolate and to pressure and to prevent us from having a normal diplomatic relationship,” Falk said.
The Trump administration also is working to develop new sanctions that would target companies that do business with Iran.
That includes oil companies and banks that do not have any U.s. business, but would include the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
A senior administration aide told the AP that the new sanctions would apply to Iran’s banks and other entities that do no have a U. S. account.
The United States and Israel have been engaged in a series of sanctions talks to resolve the crisis with Iran over its nuclear program, but they have failed to resolve many of the underlying issues.
Iran has denied any involvement in any weapons-related activity.
The sanctions would be aimed at preventing Iran from continuing to enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels and also to punish the country for its ongoing support for Hezbollah, the militant group that has been fighting Israel in Lebanon.
The White House said the new proposal will be approved if Congress approves it.