US may sanction Iran over Yemen, Hezbollah and Iraq

The new United States administration is believed to be exerting pressure for imposition of new sanctions against Iran

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The new United States administration, under President Donald Trump, is believed to be exerting pressure for imposition of new sanctions against Iran in response to their activities in the Middle East and fueling instability in the region.

The administration is said to be studying several aspects for the sanctions, which one includes the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and their meddling in other countries in the region, specifically Syria and Iraq.

US officials were cited by Reuters news agency and the New York Times on Wednesday as saying that the Trump administration is considering a proposal for sanctions that mentions the Revolutionary Guards on the list of terrorist organizations, alongside the Muslim Brotherhood.

The plan to place sanctions on Iran has strong support within the White House. It is expected that the final plan will reviewed by US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson. Many US officials have accused the Revolutionary Guards of supporting proxy wars in the Middle East.

The next step may be to impose sanctions on Iran for its support to some terrorist groups. A senior US official involved in the review of policy towards Tehran revealed that the new administration considers Iran a threat to US interests and is looking for ways to put pressure on them.

The official added that the White House could revoke the nuclear deal to punish Tehran for its support to groups in the Middle East such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Houthis in Yemen besides other Shiite organizations in Iraq.

Trump has said that the Iran nuclear deal, which ended a diplomatic standoff between Iran and six world powers over the country’s nuclear policy and opens the way for western investment, was “the worst deal ever negotiated.”

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