The US, claiming that “Iran was involved” over the issue of the attack on Saudi oil facilities, launched a series of economic sanctions on the central bank of Iran and an increase in the number of US troops stationed in Saudi Arabia. Both aim to increase the pressure on Iran, but the effectiveness is not clear. While President Trump continues to be cautious about military action, it is viewed as “a measure of bitterness”.
Trump, who was asked to respond to Iran at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Morrison on the 20th, claimed that it was “the strongest sanctions imposed on the country”. “We have the strongest military power in the world and it ’s easy to invade Iran,” he said. However, he continued to say, “I think I'm showing great control,” and was cautious about military action. On that day, he said, “The way a strong person is is to show a little restraint”.
The new economic sanctions cover Iranian central banks and government funds. “This cuts off all Iranian funding sources,” said Mnushin Treasury Secretary. However, transactions between central banks and foreign countries have already been subject to sanctions since last November, and their effectiveness is likely to be limited.
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