Iran: Iranian lawmakers have overwhelmingly approved a bill that labels all U.S military forces as terrorist, state TV reported, a day after Washington ratcheted up pressure on Tehran by announcing that no country would any longer be exempt from U.S sanctions if it continues to buy Iranian oil. The bill is a step further from the one last week, when lawmakers approved labelling just U.S troops in the Middle East as terrorist, in response to the U.S terrorism designation for Iran's Revolutionary Guard earlier.
The Trump administration re-imposed sanctions on Iran, including on its energy sector, last November, after pulling America out of the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. The U.S designation against Iran's Revolutionary Guard the first-ever for an entire division of another government added another layer of sanctions to the powerful paramilitary force, making it a crime under U.S jurisdiction to provide the guard with material support.
On Monday, President Donald Trump decided to do away with waivers as part of the administration's 'maximum pressure' campaign on Iran that aims to eliminate all of its revenue from oil exports that the U.S says funds destabilising activity throughout the Mideast and beyond. Hours before Trump's announcement, Iran reiterated its long-running threat to close the Strait of Hormuz if it's prevented from using the crucial waterway in the Persian Gulf through which about a third of all oil traded at sea passes. The U.S Navy has in the past accused Iranian patrol boats of harassing American warships in the waterway.