On Friday, the Trump Administration smacked the terrorist, jihad-exporting, sharia supremacist Iranian regime with a fresh round of sanctions.
Fox News reports:
The Trump administration announced Friday that it is slapping new sanctions on more than two dozen Iranian individuals involved in the country’s nuclear and missile research programs, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Iran’s growing influence.
The Treasury Department said the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies affiliated with Iran’s Organization for Defense Innovation and Research, which is known to have been at the forefront of Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
“Individuals working for Iran’s proliferation-related programs—including scientists, procurement agents, and technical experts—should be aware of the reputational and financial risk they expose themselves to by working for Iran’s nuclear program,” the State Department said in a statement on Friday. ...
The officials targeted continue to work in Iran’s defense sector and are part of a core group of experts who could reinstate the nuclear program. The sanctions cover 14 people, including the head of the organization, and 17 subsidiary operations.
President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — i.e., the "Iran nuclear deal" — in May 2018, describing it at the time as a "horrible, one-sided deal." As The Daily Wire has previously reported:
President Trump formally announced the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, 2018. At the time, Trump noted that the deal "was supposed to protect the United States and our allies from the lunacy of an Iranian nuclear bomb," but that it instead "allowed Iran to continue enriching uranium and — over time — reach the brink of a nuclear breakout." Trump also noted that the Islamist mullocracy's military budget had recently grown by over 40 percent, and that the mullahs had been using that newfound wealth infusion to "build its nuclear-capable missiles, support terrorism, and cause havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond."
The Iranian regime is the world's number one state sponsor of terrorism. Iran is deeply embedded with Bashar al-Assad in Syria, supports the fundamentalist Islamist Houthi rebels in Yemen, supports Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad alike in the Gaza Strip, retains the Lebanese jihadist group Hezbollah as a Shiite proxy, and more generally funds lethal terrorism and sows chaos the world over. The U.S. has not had formal diplomatic relations with Iran ever since the fateful Islamic Revolution there in 1979.
In the lead-up to President Trump's reneging upon the Iran nuclear deal, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented to the world compelling evidence that Iran had long been clandestinely developing its illicit nuclear program. Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro opined, at the time:
... Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to the world that Israel had carried out a stunning intelligence operation: their agents had smuggled tens of thousands of physical documents about Iran’s nuclear program out of Iran itself. Those "half a ton" of documents demonstrate Iran’s ongoing nuclear program, and the fact that the Obama administration lied constantly and repeatedly to the public about Iran’s newfound moderation in order to scam the public into approving Obama’s Iran nuclear deal — a deal that allowed Iran to maximize its regional power with income from the West.
Netanyahu announced, "Iran lied. Big time. After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret nuclear files." Netanyahu said that a dilapidated warehouse contained Iran’s nuclear files: "55,000 pages, another 55,000 files on 188 CDs." The files included incriminating documents, charts, and presentations.