Trump reim­poses sanc­tions on Iran

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWS RECAP -

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion on Fri­day re­stored U.S. sanc­tions on Iran that had been lifted un­der the 2015 nu­clear deal but carved out ex­emp­tions for eight coun­tries that can still im­port oil from the Is­lamic Repub­lic with­out penalty.

The sanc­tions take ef­fect Mon­day and cover Iran’s ship­ping, fi­nan­cial and en­ergy sec­tors. They are the sec­ond batch the ad­min­is­tra­tion has reim­posed since Trump with­drew from the land­mark ac­cord in May.

The 2015 deal, one of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s big­gest diplo­matic achieve­ments, gave Iran bil­lions of dol­lars in sanc­tions re­lief in ex­change for curbs on its nu­clear pro­gram, which many be­lieved it was us­ing to de­velop atomic weapons. Trump re­peated- ly de­nounced the agree­ment as the “worst ever” ne­go­ti­ated by the United States and said it gave Iran too much in re­turn for too lit­tle.

But pro­po­nents as well as the other par­ties to the deal — Britain, China, France, Ger­many, Rus­sia and the Euro­pean Union — have ve­he­mently de­fended it. The Euro­peans have mounted a drive to save the agree­ment with­out the U.S., fear­ing that the new sanc­tions will drive Iran to re­sume all of its nu­clear work.

Shortly af­ter the an­nounce­ment, Trump tweeted what looks like a movie poster image of him­self that takes cre­ative in­spi­ra­tion from the TV se­ries “Game of Thrones” with the tagline: “Sanc­tions are Com­ing, Novem­ber 5.”

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