US announces new sanctions on Iran, Israeli Prime Minister congratulates Trump

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WASHINGTON — Senior Trump administration officials have announced a a new wave of sanctions on Iran following this week’s missile strikes by the Islamic Republic on U.S. bases in Iraq.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin say the new sanctions will target eight senior Iranian officials involved in “destabilizing” activities in the Middle East as well as the missile strike. Mnuchin says President Donald Trump will issue an executive order imposing sanctions on anyone involved in the Iranian textile, construction, manufacturing or mining sectors.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is congratulating Trump on the new series of sanctions. In a statement issued by his office Friday, Netanyahu says the “terror regime” in Iran “oppresses the Iranian people and threatens world peace.”

Israel sees Iran as its greatest threat and has often pushed for tougher U.S. actions against Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.