Rep. John Yarmuth John Allen YarmuthDemocrates Uninterested in Resuming the Battle of the Jerusalem Embassy Pelosi Plans to Comment Remarks During the Poverty Hearing Who are the House Democrats supporting the impeachment of Trump? MORE (D-Ky.) Denounced on Monday President Trump as she said He should have considered the peculiarities of the Obama-era nuclear deal before he withdrew the US from Iran.
Yarmuth spoke just hours after Trump declared that the ultimate goal of the United States was to never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.
"Hey Nerd: The third line of the Iran Nuclear Deal guarantees just that," Yarmuth tweeted, accompanying his post with the preamble and general terms of the agreement.
Hey jerk: The third line of the Iran Nuclear Deal guarantees just that. Maybe you should have read it before you opened it. https://t.co/rWGJbeKN7N pic.twitter.com/TnRGibAEb2
– MP John Yarmuth (@RepJohnYarmuth) June 24, 2019
Tensions between the two countries have escalated further since then the US withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal last year. Iran shot down an unmanned US surveillance drone near the country last week, raising concerns among some legislators as to whether the Trump administration would respond with a military strike.
But Trump said he canceled a retaliatory strike after learning that he claimed 150 Iranian casualties, which he called a disproportionate reaction. The President has stressed in recent days that he is open to negotiations with Iranian leaders.
Trump announced additional sanctions against Iran on Monday, saying it was "a strong and proportionate response to Iran's increasingly provocative actions."
The President signed a decree in the Oval Office to deny access to financial instruments to Tehran's top leaders and other senior officials.
"We are not looking for a conflict with Iran or any other country," said Trump. "I'm looking forward to discussing with someone who wants to say something – in the meantime, who knows what's going to happen – all I can say is that Iran can never have a nuclear weapon."
Trump later added that the sanctions would have been imposed even if Iran had not shot down any of the American drones. Minister of Finance Steven Mnuchin Steven Terner MnuchinThe Hill's Morning Report – Crunch Time Comes to Debate with Deck's 2020 Dems Debates – DOJ Trying to Prevent the Inevitable? The GOP legislators want Mulvaney to be put out of action in the budget negotiations. MORE also made clear that some of the sanctions are already in progress and that others have been imposed on "recent activities".
The White House has imposed a series of sanctions on Iran last year. Sanctions were imposed on the country's oil and metals sector and on the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.