UPDATED 1:16 PM PT — Wednesday, January 9, 2019
The Trump administration is applauding the EU for slapping sanctions on Iran after the country was accused of plotting assassination attempts against two Dutch nationals.
In a tweet Wednesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said the U.S. strongly supports the EU’s decision to sanction an Iranian intelligence agency and its operatives, adding, we are united in our efforts to stop Iranian terrorism.
We strongly support the actions of our European partners to sanction a unit of the Iranian intelligence service and its operatives for multiple assassination plots on the continent since 2015. We are united in our efforts to stop Iranian terrorism. https://t.co/vjH81qmhku
— John Bolton (@AmbJohnBolton) January 9, 2019
This comes after the Netherlands accused Tehran of directing the assassinations back in 2015, and after authorities foiled two Iranian terror attacks in Denmark and France just last year.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the Trump administration plans to increase pressure on Iran.
“And you’ll see in the coming days and weeks, we are redoubling not only our diplomatic, but our commercial efforts to put real pressure on Iran to achieve what it is we set out for them back in May, and these are simple asks we ask of the Islamic Republic of Iran, to behave like a normal nation and the coalition is just as committed to it today as it was yesterday,” stated Pompeo.
This marks the first time the EU has sanctioned Iran since the Iran Nuclear Deal.