Trump administration plans “flood” of sanctions on Iran by Jan. 20

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The Trump administration, in coordination with Israel and a number of other Gulf states, is pushing a plan to slap an extended string of latest sanctions on Iran within the 10 weeks left till Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, two Israeli sources briefed on the trouble advised me.

Driving the information: The Trump administration’s envoy for Iran Elliott Abrams arrived in Israel on Sunday and met Prime Minister Netanyahu and Nationwide Safety adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat to debate the sanctions plan.

  • Abrams will meet on Monday with Minister of Protection Benny Gantz and International Minister Gabi Ashkenazi to transient them on the plan.
  • Abrams didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Why it issues: The Trump administration believes such a “flood” of sanctions will improve stress on the Iranians and make it more durable for the Biden administration to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, the Israeli sources advised me.

Behind the scenes: Within the final a number of weeks, the Trump administration — with the encouragement and help of a part of the Israeli diplomatic and safety institution — has ready a “goal financial institution” of Iranian entities that can be sanctioned.

  • Abrams mentioned in a closed briefing a number of days in the past that the Trump administration needs to announce a brand new set of sanctions on Iran each week till Jan. 20, a supply who was aware about the briefing advised me.
  • The Israeli sources advised me the deliberate sanctions aren’t related to the Iranian nuclear program — such sanctions usually tend to be canceled by a Biden administration and open the door to reviving the 2015 nuclear deal.
  • As a substitute, the aim is to impose sanctions on Iran which are related to its ballistic missile program, Iranian help to terror organizations and Iranian human rights violations.

What they’re saying: “The aim is to slap as many sanctions as doable on Iran till Jan. 20,” an Israeli supply briefed on the plan advised me.

What’s subsequent: Abrams will journey from Israel to Abu Dhabi and Riyadh to debate the sanctions plan.

  • The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia are the 2 most important allies the Trump administration and the Israeli authorities have towards Iran, and each are very involved by the Biden administration’s future Iran coverage.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is arriving in Israel on Nov. 18, Israeli and U.S. officers inform me. Pompeo will possible go to different nations within the area as properly. His journey can be going to give attention to the Trump administration’s last-ditch effort to extend stress on Iran.

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