Trump Announces ‘Toughest Sanctions Ever’ on Iran

Iran Central Bank mocks US for sanctioning them again

Addressing reporters in identical language to countless previous such moves, President Trump unveiled new sanctions on Iran, declaring them the “highest sanctions ever imposed on a country.”

The sanctions focused almost entirely on Iran’s Central Bank, accusing them of financing “terrorism” as well as Iran’s nuclear program. They added that the bank “destabilizes the region.”

The Central Bank is the largest financial institution in Iran, and unsurprisingly has been totally blacklisted by the US for several years. The bank’s governor responded mockingly to the announcement of them being sanctioned, saying it underscores that the US has “come up empty handed” in ideas for targeting Iran.

This has been a recurring problem with US sanctions against Iran, that the US has been sanctioning them for so long there really is nothing left to go after that anyone would even notice. The pressure to add more sanctions continues, so the sanctions continue, meaningless or not.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.