Trump on new sanctions: America will not tolerate interference in its democratic process

Trump on new sanctions: America will not tolerate interference in its democratic process

U.S. President Donald Trump has commented on Wednesday's signing of H.R. 3364, the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act," according to a statement released on the White House website. 

"Today, I signed into law the 'Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act,' which enacts new sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia," Trump said.

The U.S. leader stressed that he favored "tough measures to punish and deter bad behavior by the rogue regimes in Tehran and Pyongyang."

"I also support making clear that America will not tolerate interference in our democratic process, and that we will side with our allies and friends against Russian subversion and destabilization. That is why, since taking office, I have enacted tough new sanctions on Iran and North Korea, and shored up existing sanctions on Russia," Trump said. 

Trump also said that the bill sends a clear message to Iran and North Korea that the American people will not tolerate their dangerous and destabilizing behavior.

Earlier, Trump signed law H.R.3364, which, among other things, foresees increasing pressure on Russia and support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The law envisages the introduction of additional sanctions in the Russian financial and energy sectors, sanctions against state-owned Russian enterprises in the metallurgical and mining industries, as well as on rail transport. In addition, the document foresees the punishment of Russia because of its actions in the information field, including cyber intrusions and attacks. Separately, the law determines the need to punish those responsible for violating human rights in the territories occupied by Russia, as well as persons acting in the interests of the defense and intelligence sectors of the Russian government. The law foresees counteraction to Russia's Nord Stream 2 project. 

In addition, the document secures at the legislative level the previous sanctions against Russia introduced by presidential decrees. That means if the White House leader plans to weaken or cancel some sanctions against Russia, the law requires mandatory coordination of these issues with the U.S. Congress.

The legislation also confirms support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, does not recognize Russia's attempt to annex Crimea and condemns the occupation of territories in the east of Ukraine.

The law also provides for additional sanctions against Iran and North Korea.


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