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Despite claims by partisan critics that President Trump’s hawkish Iran policy isn’t working, Iran says differently. Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign is damaging Iran’s financial stability, according to Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, reported Radio Farda.

Khatibzadeh said American sanctions are shocking the system and “have caused serious monetary and financial damages to Iran.”

But Trump isn’t letting up. Last week, the Treasury Department hit 18 Iranian banks with sanctions, aiming to further isolate Iran’s financial sector. “Our sanctions programs will continue until Iran stops its support of terrorist activities and ends its nuclear programs,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

As strong as they are, these sanctions are targeting the Iranian terror regime, not the people. “Today’s actions will continue to allow for humanitarian transactions to support the Iranian people,” Mnuchin added.

U.S. sanctions have devastated the Iranian economy. The Free Beacon notes that the rialIran’s currency — now sits at an all-time low, having devalued by over a third since June. And Iran is feeling the pain.

“The United States must make up for all the damage it has done to Iran,” with its crippling sanctions, Khatibzadeh said, adding that Tehran will pursue legal action in the International Court of Justice at the Hague to get financial compensation from the United States.

Apparently, the billions of dollars in sanction relief that the Obama-Biden administration provided Iran, and plane loads of cash weren’t enough for the regime. Iran’s terror regime is also trying to forge closer ties with Russia and China for much-needed economic support.

Meanwhile the Trump administration has been solidifying its anti-Iranian coalition with its Arab-Israeli peace deals, and closer ties with Arab states throughout the region. Don’t be fooled – “Maximum Pressure” against Iran is working.

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Rosco Cain
Rosco Cain
1 year ago

This shows that Obama/Kerry tactics only HELPED our enemy,,and that is TREASON. They must be held accountable.

Byron Claghorn
Byron Claghorn
1 year ago

Excellent Points on the ‘Real’ Donald Trump found on Facebook!
For my American Friends, The difference between me and
a lot of my Democrat friends is:
§ You see Trump’s arrogance, I see Trump’s confidence.
§ You see Trump’s nationalism, I see Trump’s patriotism.
§ You hear Trump’s unsophisticated words [i.e., straight talk], I hear Trump’s honesty.
§ You see Trump’s racism, I see Trump’s words being misconstrued and twisted by the media daily to fit their narrative.
§ You see Trump as a Republican, I see Trump as a Patriot.
§ You see Trump as a Dictator, I see Trump as a Leader.
§ You see Trump as an Authoritarian, I see Trump as the Only One willing to fight for our freedoms.
§ You see Trump as Childish, I see Trump as a fighter, unwilling to cave in to the lies.
§ You see Trump as an unpolished politician, I see Trump [the Outsider] as a breath of fresh air.
§ You think Trump hates immigrants, I know Trump is married to an immigrant.
§ You see Trump’s cages at the border, I see Obama’s cages at the border.
§ You see Trump with a struggling economy, I see Trump with an amazing economy, until the Democrats shut it down.
§ You see violence in the streets and call it “Trump’s America”, I see the violence in the streets of Democrat-run cities who are refusing Trump’s help and call it “Liberal America”.
§ You want someone more ‘Presidential’, I’m happy we have someone who finally doesn’t just talk-the-talk, but actually walks-the-walk.
§ You and I? We see things very differently!
This brief essay of key points really summarizes why the liberal-left totally misunderstands Donald Trump who has proven himself to be a remarkable, competent and successful President domestically with his many economic and other gains for ALL Americans and on the world scene providing leadership and multiple International Nobel Peace Prize-worthy accomplishments in only his first four (4) years!
We certainly need Trump for another four (4) years of MAGA and not Leftist-Ideology that would lead to another failed Socialist / Communist Democrat single-party rule and tyranny!

1 year ago
Reply to  Byron Claghorn

When President Trump decided to run for President, he went to the people of America and asked them what they wanted him to do for them. They gave him a list of things. They wanted peace, not just peace in the USA but peace in other countries. How many wars or terrorist acts have you seen lately? ISIS is gone, no people’s are being murdered daily by them, and they are not even talked about now. They wanted less taxes and more jobs. They got both. They wanted security for this country not open borders, and they got it. They wanted and Trump produced the things they said they wanted. For the last 4 years America has flourished. Ask the democrats to do the same. Well, “If I’m elected” Joe Biden said clearly, “I will raise your taxes.” Our military which is strong again will be decimated again. Democrats want money and power not for the people of this country but for themselves. And the biggest thing is Joe Biden’s mental health. He still, just a couple weeks before the election, says he’s running for the Senate again. He hasn’t had a rally that brought in people because he can’t think anymore and even with a teleprompter he still can’t get through a speech without a gaff. I’m sorry he’s sundowning, but the democrats using him as a prop is unforgivable, Trump did everything you asked him to do, which do you want sitting in the WH, a woman who couldn’t win the nomination and was out before she even got started, or a man who has made America a nation to be reckoned with? A man who has no idea the democrats have him running as president, or a man who knows how to get things done and has proven that? Wake up!