Trump, Pompeo Tighten The Screws On Iranian Sanctions

Written by Wes Walker on April 22, 2019

The ‘Maximum Pressure’ campaign against Iran just went next level.

When Iran Sanctions were re-introduced, the plan was to slap sanctions on those still doing business with the world’s Leading State Sponsor of Terror.

If their income drops and the economy crumbles, they won’t have so much money to throw at destabilizing other countries in the region, like Syria and Yemen, or money they can shuffle off to Hamas so they can continue lobbing rockets into Israeli cities.

When Trump re-introduced sanctions, he recognized that business and contracts don’t turn on a dime, and allowed a transition time to come up with alternate business arrangements than the ones they may have had with Iran.

Time’s up.

About one year after the United States decided to leave the Iran nuclear deal, the State Department is set to announce that all countries will have to completely end their imports of Iranian oil or be subject to U.S. sanctions. This is an escalation of the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign, which seeks to force Tehran to end its illicit behavior around the world.

On Monday morning, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will announce to the media that, as of May 2, the State Department will no longer grant sanctions waivers to any country that is currently importing Iranian crude or condensate, two State Department officials told me. Last November, the State Department issued 180-day waivers to eight countries to give them more time to find alternative sources of oil. Now, their time is running out.
Source: WaPo

Who could be affected?

The end of waivers means that those countries that continue to buy Iranian oil will face sanctions, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, with the goal to get Iranian oil exports to zero and to get Iran to the negotiating table.

“We’ve made clear our seriousness of purpose. We are going to zero. How long we remain there, at zero, depends solely on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s senior leaders,” he said.

The move has triggered global oil markets, with crude oil at its highest level in almost six months, and has set up a showdown with U.S. allies and adversaries alike. China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan were relying on the waivers to avoid being sanctioned by the U.S., but they could now be hit with economic penalties after their waivers expire on May 2.

And on a weekend where the Democrats are stepping all over themselves with gaffes like calling Christians targeted in bombings ‘Easter Worshippers’ and a less cynical, more dumbass mistake where Rashida Tlaib tweeted a Passover message with a loaf of bread, Secretary Pompeo shows them all the right way to handle such messaging:

Here’s what he tweeted over this weekend:

Compare that to the milquetoast tweets we’ve seen from the ‘leading’ Democrats.

And, as a reminder that Iran need not be our enemies forever, we need look no further than the last tweet before the weekend.

Japan is the one country that Americans have ever deployed nuclear weapons against… but look at us now.

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