US President vows ‘support’ for Iran protestors, weighs sanctions

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President Donald Trump pledged to help Iranians “take back” their government Wednesday, as his White House weighed new sanctions against elements of the regime involved in a violent crackdown against protestors.

The mercurial president offered no specifics, but a senior administration official said that the White House was “looking across the board” at sanction authorities allowing Trump to target organizations or individuals involved in human rights violations, censorship or preventing free assembly.

“That requires information, but there is a lot of information out there, so we intend to start assembling that and see what we can do,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The United States will “use all the information sources at our disposal to be able to get actionable information about who is doing the crackdown, who is violating human rights, who is using violence against protesters and to feed that in to our sanctions designation machinery,” the official said.

Trump has sought repeatedly to ramp up pressure the Iranian regime, which has struggled to contain a week of protests across the country.

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