President Donald Trump is playing hardball with one of the Middle East’s rowdiest rabble-rousers, and the Commander in Chief is coming out on top at every turn.
After Trump engaged with North Korea in unprecedented diplomatic negotiations, Iran seemed to sense an opportunity. They believed that, should they act insubordinate in the same way as Kim Jong Un had, that they, too, could find themselves across a table from Trump.
This is simply not the case, given Iran’s complete and utter opposition to the state of Israel and their incessant provocations of the United States.
As the Persian nation ramped up their efforts to interfere with the Middle East’s oil industry, the United States slapped Iran with new sanctions meant to pressure them into better behavior.
New reports show that these fiscal penalties are taking their toll on the Ayatollah.
Crippling sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran since President Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal last year have left pension funds throughout the country on the brink of collapse, according to documents reviewed by National Security Council officials and obtained by Fox News.
U.S. officials are pointing to this as evidence of just how punishing the ongoing “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran has been.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid it all out.
“They have fewer resources. We can see it with the Shia militias in Iraq. They’re scrambling for resources. We think the Iranian government will shrink, that their GDP will shrink by as much as 12 or 14 percent this year,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on “Fox News Sunday,” speaking to the economic impact. “This will reduce their capacity to purchase the things they need, the equipment they need, the materials they need, to inflict terror around the world.”
As an indication of just how profound an impact these sanctions are having, of the 18 accounts allotted for the retirement of these officials, 17 are no longer in the positive.
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