Trump sanctions Iran’s supreme leader in provocative move

Luxembourg Times | Jun 24, 2019 at 6:41 PM
  • US president Donald Trump said he’s imposing sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and his office, a provocative step designed to increase pressure on the Islamic Republic.
  • Tensions have spiked in the Gulf since May, when the Trump administration revoked waivers on the import of Iranian oil, squeezing its economy a year after the US walked away from the landmark 2015 deal meant to prevent the Islamic Republic from developing a nuclear weapon.
  • Since then, a spate of attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz shipping choke point have raised the spectre of war and pushed up oil prices.