President Donald Trump Imposes Sanctions on Iran and on Iran’s Supreme Leader

U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order, Monday, June 24, imposing fresh sanctions on Iran, seeking to put additional pressure on the country’s economy in order to extract changes in behavior from its government.

The move comes amid rising concerns about a potential armed confrontation between the two nations after U.S. officials recently blamed Tehran for mine attacks on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, allegations Tehran denies, and Iran’s shoot-down of a U.S. drone last week.

President Trump said that late Thursday he had canceled a retaliatory strike against several Iranian targets. But on Thursday, according to U.S. news accounts, Trump also approved U.S. Cyber Command attacks on an Iranian intelligence group’s computer systems used to control missile and rocket launches.