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Iran-US tensions flare over new sanctions threat

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has denounced possible new US sanctions on his country, which, if enacted, could jeopardise a hard-won nuclear dealIran’s President Hassan Rouhani has denounced possible new US sanctions on his country, which, if enacted, could jeopardise a hard-won nuclear deal due to be finally implemented within weeks. In a letter to his defence minister, Rouhani said reports the US Treasury planned to blacklist companies and individuals with ties to Iran’s ballistic missile programme constituted “hostile and illegal interventions” that justified a response. Relations between the two countries have worsened since US officials said an Iranian vessel had test-fired several rockets near three Western warships, including the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier, in the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

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