Exclusive: According to sources, Trump intends to issue an executive order to punish the arms trade with Iran.


Four sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday that US President Donald Trump intends to issue an executive order that would allow US sanctions against anyone violating the conventional arms embargo against Iran.

Exclusive: According to sources, Trump intends to issue an executive order to punish the arms trade with Iran.


Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the executive order was expected to be issued’ in the coming days and would allow the president to impose secondary sanctions on the US market. Will increase Will be out of reach

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The closest reason for the US action is to lift the US arms embargo on Iran and to warn foreign actors - US companies have already been barred’ from such trade - that if they buy or sell arms to Iran, they will be US. Will be subject to sanctions. Will have to face

Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran attacked with six major powers: Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States - lifting the traditional UN arms embargo on November 18 and the United States on November 3. It ended shortly before the election. Is.

The United States, which withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018, says it has reinstated all US sanctions on Iran, including the "snapback", which will take effect at 8 p.m. 0 GMT on Saturday night or Sunday

Other parties to the nuclear deal and most of the US Security Council have said they do not believe the United States has the right to overturn US sanctions and that the US move has no legal effect at the United Nations.

"Obviously, no member of the Security Council has acknowledged the veracity of the US claims," ​​said Alireza Miryousefi, a spokeswoman for Iran's mission to the United Nations. Will be deleted’ under the agreed timeline in 2015.

The purpose of Trump's executive order is to show that the United States will not back down, despite its failure to win the support of the wider US Security Council for "Snapbacks."

Another source, a European diplomat, said the new executive order would tarnish Washington's assertion that the president should impose secondary sanctions on US arms transfers to Iran, along with US sanctions, or punish the transfer of arms. There is an option. Until then, US weapons will be’ banned.

Secondary sanctions are where a country seeks to punish another country for trade by restricting access to its own market for a third trade, which is a particularly powerful option for the United States because of the size of its economy. Is the source. Is

Most foreign companies do not want to risk leaving the US market to trade with smaller countries like Iran.

Dow Jacobson, a sanctions lawyer, said the new executive order could be more symbolic than practical because many Iranian institutions and individuals are already subject to secondary sanctions.

"It's basically a pile. It's designed to send a message on this particular issue ... that the Americans are not happy that the other side (on the Iran nuclear deal) has agreed to an arms embargo," Jacobson said. I do not know.

Elliott Abrams, the US special envoy for Venezuela and Iran, said Wednesday that Washington intends to impose sanctions on violators of the US arms embargo, although he did not say whether. It will do so with an executive order.

Also on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for the resumption of US sanctions, signaling the next US action, as he called on Iran to suspend foreign trade with Iran two years ago. The agreement was’ abandoned.

"The United States has imposed unilateral sanctions since abandoning the nuclear deal," Pompeo said. "We all need to work to ensure that these restrictions apply." ۔

"Despite what has happened in the world, we have been very successful," he added. He added that US sanctions have significantly reduced Iran's financial resources.


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