U.S. President Donald Trump announced new sanctions on Iran after they downed a U.S. drone in the Gulf of Oman and are accused of attacking oil tankers. The new sanctions are already accompanied by an end to waivers for countries that import Iran’s oil and the U.S. ordering all non-emergency personnel out of the country.
But Tehran has denied any wrongdoing and says the sanctions will have no impact. The United Nations Security Council is urging ‘maximum restraint’ amid escalating tensions. Both countries say they already are exercising it.
On today’s episode of The Heat Podcast, Anand Naidoo talks with Negar Mortazavi, consultant editor for The Independent on rising tensions and whether veiled threats from both parties could see us on the brink of war.