Treasury Secretary: ‘I Am Expecting New Sanctions on Iran’

By Melanie Arter | January 12, 2018 | 11:48 AM EST

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (Screenshot of White House video)

( - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that the Trump administration plans to announce more sanctions against Iran.

During a White House press briefing, Mnuchin was asked whether new sanctions can be expected from the Treasury Department against Iran.

“I am expecting new sanctions on Iran. We continue to look at them. We've rolled them out, and I think it's a -- you can expect there will be more sanctions coming,” Mnuchin said.

When asked what the administration hopes to achieve with additional sanctions against Iran, Mnuchin said,”I think the president has been very clear that many aspects of the Iran deal need to be changed, that there are many activities outside of the Iran deal - whether it be ballistic missiles, whether it be other issues that we will continue to sanction that are outside the JCPOA, human rights violations.  

“We couldn't be more focused. We have as many sanctions on Iran today as we have on any other country in the process and we'll continue to look at things,” Mnuchin added.

Meanwhile, reports say President Donald Trump is expected to continue to suspend sanctions against Iran tied to its nuclear program, thereby avoiding jeopardizing the 2015 nuclear agreement, but could announce new sanctions tied to human rights and other issues.


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