President Donald Trump said Wednesday he will seek congressional approval to declare Iran a state sponsor of terrorism and impose economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
In a series of tweets, Trump wrote that if Congress approves his order, it would be the first time that Iran has been sanctioned by a U.S. president.
The president, who took office in January, said he wanted the Iran sanctions to be a one-time deal and not an annual policy that would eventually be renewed every few years.
He also said the United States would work with allies and partners to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
The order is a significant step forward in U.N.-led efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only and has never sought to develop a bomb.
In the weeks leading up to the signing of the deal, U.C.L.A. researchers and experts were able to confirm Iran’s enrichment program, which they say could produce weapons-grade uranium.
U.S.-backed diplomacy has succeeded in forcing Iran to the negotiating table in recent months.
Iran agreed to limit its enrichment in exchange for lifting some sanctions.
But the U.s. and others say Tehran has continued to enrich uranium, which is used in atomic bombs.
A senior U.K. government official said Tuesday that the new U.P.
A order would be similar to a U,S.
order in 2015 that imposed economic sanctions in response to Iran’s ballistic missile tests and other violations of the nuclear agreement.
The U.M.L.’s report was issued Monday and has not been made public.
But it said Iran’s central bank, the Central Bank of Iran, has been providing cash payments to at least 15,000 families who have been forced from their homes and forced to move from their properties.
It said the Central Banks of Iraq and Sudan and the Bank of Oman have also been providing aid.
In another development, the U-M.
A’s report said the central bank has approved a $1.6 billion loan to help the Central Organization of Social Welfare Workers.
The report also said it was investigating the possibility of a “financial crisis” and called on other central banks to help alleviate the financial stress.
The central bank said in a statement that it was working closely with U.R.E.S., the UPMC and other central bank partners.