US President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

Donald Trump orders new steel, aluminium, copper and iron sanctions on Iran as tensions escalate

  • Move targets country’s industrial metals sector, which provides foreign currency earnings for its sagging economy
  • White House says it will continue ‘maximum pressure’ campaign on Tehran, days after US sent aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to Middle East
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US President Donald Trump in Washington on Wednesday. Photo: AFP
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the head of Iran nuclear technology organisation Ali Akbar Salehi inspecting nuclear technology on Iran National Nuclear Technology Day on April 9. Photo: EPA

Iran to end curbs on uranium enrichment stockpile if it cannot bypass US sanctions

  • Move is part of a package of measures announced by Iran in response to the sweeping unilateral sanctions reimposed by Washington in the 12 months since it quit a 2015 nuclear agreement
  • Iran also warned that if other parties to the agreement – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – failed to deliver on their commitments within 60 days, it would suspend other key limits
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the head of Iran nuclear technology organisation Ali Akbar Salehi inspecting nuclear technology on Iran National Nuclear Technology Day on April 9. Photo: EPA
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