President Trump announces on Monday that the U.S. will be imposing new sanctions on Iran amid U.S.- Iranian tensions

According to the New York Times, President Trump has openly voiced to white house officials that he prefers tightening the pressure on the Iranian economy over launching a military strike in response to what American officials claim as “acts of aggression” by Tehran. ~

This comes in response to President Trump’s last-second withdraw from an attack against Iran on Thursday Night. This cancelled attack on Iran was a direct response to the shooting down of a U.S. drone in international waters at the Strait of Hormuz. While Iran claims that it shot down the unmanned aircraft in its airspace, the U.S. has denied that the drone was anywhere near the Iranian coast and that the “use of a high-powered anti-aircraft missile was a danger to commercial airliners in the region” (The Guardian, 2019).  President Trump said Friday morning, however, that after learning about the estimated loss of life that would be included in such an attack, an estimated 150 people, that he pulled back because the death of that many Iranians would not be “proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” ~

In the implementation of imposing sanctions on Iran, the U.S. is seeking to raise the pressure on Iran’s already struggling, oil-based economy and ultimately bring its oil exports to zero, according to the Wall Street Journal. According to the New York Times, President Trump and his foreign policy aides’ goal for the imposed sanctions is to compel Iran’s leaders to give in to demands to limit their nuclear program in stricter ways than the Iran Nuclear Deal did in 2015 – a deal that President Trump withdrew from last year. ~

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