By: Danielle Hatch
On June 24, 2019 President Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions that targeted Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials. The move came after Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone last week. Some are saying that the attack was initiated to try and get the US to ease the current sanctions that were imposed after the US left the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The goal of these new sanctions is to keep top Iranian officials from using international banking systems or financial vehicles set up by European nations or other countries. OFAC is also imposing sanctions on eight Iranian military commanders that were responsible for the downing of the US drone.