WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said Friday that he is placing new sanctions on Iran’s national bank in retaliation for its alleged role in the crippling strikes on Saudi Arabian oil facilities last weekend.
Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said the sanctions are the “highest sanctions ever imposed on a country.”
Trump had promised earlier this week to slap new sanctions on Iran following the attack. U.S. officials have blamed Iran for that missile and drone attack, though Tehran has denied involvement.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called the attack an "act of war" but Trump has largely demurred when asked about a military response. Iran had denied taking part in the attack and officials there warned of an "immediate response" if the U.S. takes military action.
Trump is scheduled to host a national security meeting Friday to discuss possible military options on Iran.
The president has indicated he would like to avoid force, and pursue a diplomatic solution instead.