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Trump imposes further sanctions on Iran that could last years
Donald Trump has signed an executive order imposing further sanctions on Iran, as tensions between the US and the Middle Eastern country have escalated following an attack on an American surveillance drone.The order would deny Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei and others access to financial instruments, with Mr Trump declaring the measure necessary to deny Iran access to nuclear weapons, and in order to send a message after a downed spy drone nearly pulled the US into a war with the Iranian regime. But it remained doubtful whether the restrictions imposed would have any significant impact on an opaque regime that largely operates outside of mainstream global business and financial channels controlled by the US."We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran," Mr Trump said on Monday in the Oval Office. "Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon."In remarks to reporters, Mr Trump stressed his administration is not interested in a military conflict with Iran, even though the president reportedly called off an attack at the last minute last week in retaliation for the drone incident."We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country," Mr Trump said. "I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon."He suggested the military could have a role to play in the ongoing dispute, if deemed necessary. "I think a lot of restraint has been shown by us, but that doesn't mean we're going to show it in the future, but I felt that we want to give it a chance ... I think Iran has a phenomenal future," he s
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