The United States has imposed sanctions on the Iranian National Bank, following attacks on oil installations in Saudi Arabia, White House boss Donald Trump said on Friday.
Tension between the United States and Iran has been getting worse since the attack on tankers, drones that were shot down last Saturday. The USA blames this attack on Tehran, which formally rejects these accusations as “senseless“. While the tension eased during the G7, it has risen sharply in recent times. Indeed, after declaring on Friday, September 20, 2019, that the United States is ready for a military option against Iran, Donald Trump added that the United States has already taken previously announced sanctions against Iran: “the new sanctions imposed on Tehran are the “most severe sanctions ever imposed on a country“, said the American President.
These new sanctions, which concern in particular the Iranian national bank, come two days after Mr Trump revealed on Twitter that he had asked the Secretary of the Treasury “to considerably tighten the sanctions against Iran”.
As a reminder, the National Bank of Iran is the largest commercial financial institution in the country, with assets of about $80 billion, according to 2016 data.