Officials Detail New Iran Sanctions; Allies Urged to Follow Suit

The White House announced on Tuesday that the United States will impose new sanctions against Iran in response to the recent attack on Israel.

Jake Sullivan, the national security advisor to President Joe Biden, detailed that in the coming days, the United States will target Iran with these sanctions, including its drone and missile programs. Sullivan emphasised that these measures, along with others, aim to maintain pressure on Iran, compelling it to limit and degrade its military capabilities.

Furthermore, Sullivan indicated that the American armed forces will prioritise increasing their readiness level to counter potential new drone and missile strikes originating from Iran. Washington emphasised the expectation for allied nations to swiftly follow suit with their own sanctions, with Brussels' support.

Following an extraordinary video conference meeting of EU foreign ministers, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stated that the objective is to expand the existing sanctions regime against Iranian drones. Iran launched hundreds of drones and missiles towards Israeli territory overnight from Saturday to Sunday, in response to an attack on April 1st on the consular annex of the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria, attributed to Israel. Almost all the missiles and drones were intercepted before reaching Israeli territory, marking Iran's first direct attack against Israel.

The Israeli army warned on Tuesday that Iran would not escape "unharmed" from this unprecedented attack. Jake Sullivan clarified that for three years, alongside sanctions related to drones and missiles, the United States has sanctioned over 600 individuals and entities linked to terrorism and terrorism financing associated with the Iranian regime and its various movements in the region.

Translation by Iurie Tataru

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