There’s a new sheriff in town and if the government of Iran didn’t know it yet, it’s about to find out.

After what the Trump administration calls, “Years of concessions that have resulted in the unintended effect of empowering Iran across the region,” the White House is ready to impose new sanctions on five individuals and seven entities believed to be supporting the country’s nuclear proliferation program and various criminal enterprises.

The sanctions come as the Obama nuclear deal with Iran hits the two-year mark amid findings that Iran has violated the “spirit” of the agreement, if not the letter of it.

The move is designed to counter Iran’s military buildup and militant activities in the region, especially in Syria, where forces backed by Iran have been attacking American units.

In response, military officials in Iran announced that they would attack U.S. bases and units based in the Middle East if the sanctions are imposed, especially on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

“Putting the IRGC in one single class with the terrorist groups and imposing similar sanctions against the IRGC poses a major risk to the U.S., its bases and forces deployed in the region,” Iran’s Chief of Staff of Armed Forces, Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, told IRGC commanders.

Baqeri also repeated the claim that Iran’s ballistic missile program, also targeted with sanctions, is strictly defensive in nature.

The deadline for the White House to recertify Iran’s compliance with the requirements of the deal is this week, although there is evidence that Iran is in violation of the “spirit” of the deal at a minimum.

U.S. officials believe Iran has not only been less than forthright in disclosing details of its nuclear development program, but is engaging in activities that are in violation of the agreement.

“Iran has been… walking up to the edge of violating the agreement. That behavior has to stop,” one senior U.S. official said, indicating the Trump administration’s intent to pursue a more muscular approach to Iran than Obama did.

“What we’re saying is Iran is in default of the spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. We need to ensure more aggressively they are in compliance with the letter of the JCPOA.”

Please comment below if you support President Trump's more aggressive approach to Iran's nuclear program. Trump is trying to reverse years of acquiesence by the Obama administration that have emboldened Iran's leaders in developing nuclear weaponry.

Source: Free Beacon

 
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