AFP: US hits Iran's supreme leader Khamenei with sanctions25 June 2019 | 01:04 | FOCUS News Agency
Signing the punitive financial measures in the Oval Office, Trump called them a "strong and proportionate response to Iran's increasingly provocative actions."
Repeating that "never can Iran have a nuclear weapon," Trump said it's now up to Tehran -- which insists it is not seeking nuclear capability -- to negotiate.
"We do not ask for conflict," Trump said, adding that depending on Iran's response the sanctions could end tomorrow or it "can also be years from now."
The US Treasury said it will blacklist Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif -- a moderate figure and key architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- and eight top commanders from Iran's elite military force, the Revolutionary Guards, targeting billions of dollars in assets in all.
Tensions are running high after Iran shot down a US spy drone last week and Trump canceled a retaliatory strike at the last minute. In mid-June, mysterious explosions damaged two foreign ships near Iran, raising fears for the safety of shipping lanes used to carry a big portion of the world's oil supplies.
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