In a move that could further restrict Iran\u0026#039;s access to humanitarian goods such as food and medicine at a time when the country is being ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration on Thursday imposed punishing new sanctions on the Iranian financial sector reportedly at the behest of warmongers in the Republican Party, Israeli officials, and hawkish U.S. advocacy organizations.The new measures, unveiled despite opposition from European nations, \u0022will target the few remaining banks not currently subject to secondary sanctions in a move European governments say is likely to diminish channels Iran uses to import humanitarian goods,\u0022 according to the Washington Post.\u0022[Secretary of State Pompeo] doesn\u0026#039;t stand with Iranians, he stands on their throats as they suffocate.\u0022 —Assal Rad, National Iranian American CouncilMedea Benjamin, co-founder of anti-war group CodePink, told Common Dreams that by attempting to blacklist the Iranian financial sector, the Trump administration is \u0022kowtowing to Israel and the right-wing Foundation for the Defense of Democracies,\u0022 which joined warmongering Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and other Republican lawmakers in lobbying for the fresh sanctions.\u0022These new sanctions, as well as the brutal ones already in place, only hurt the Iranian citizens and should be considered a crime against humanity,\u0022 Benjamin said. \u0022Let\u0026#039;s hope Trump is ousted on November 3 and the Biden administration rejoins the Iran Nuclear Deal before Trump takes us into war with Iran.\u0022In a tweet late Wednesday, Sina Toossi, senior research analyst with the National Iranian American Council, warned that the Trump administration\u0026#039;s latest push to devastate the Iranian banking sector shows that \u0022the economic warfare against Iran is heightening and becoming outright genocidal.\u0022\u0022The promoters of these sick policies outrageously claim they care about the Iranian people and democracy,\u0022 Toossi added. \u0022They\u0026#039;re the opposite of civilized and have no principles other than brutally forcing their will.\u0022When US quit nuclear deal \u0026amp; imposed sanctions, #Iran was complying. It was never about a weapon, but Pompeo\u0026#039;s obsession to stoke war. Human rights is just a talking point he uses as he crushes their lives. He doesn\u0026#039;t stand w/Iranians, he stands on their throats as they suffocate. https://t.co/9jN7BkrLVZ— Assal Rad (@AssalRad) October 8, 2020According to Bloomberg, the new sanctions would \u0022designate the Iranian financial sector under Executive Order 13902, which President Donald Trump signed in January to clamp down on mining, construction and other industries. That would not only affect banks, but also remittance processors, money-changers, and the informal transfer system used frequently in the Muslim world known as hawala.\u0022\u0022Then the administration would blacklist roughly 14 banks in Iran that have so far escaped some U.S. restrictions,\u0022 Bloomberg noted.The sanctions come just days after Iran reported a record 4,151 new coronavirus infections over a 24-hour period, bringing the nation\u0026#039;s total number of positive cases to more than 479,000. The hardest-hit nation in the Middle East, Iran has reported nearly 30,000 deaths from the coronavirus—a figure that critics said will only be made worse by the Trump administration\u0026#039;s economic warfare.\u0022After all the lies that Trump\u0026#039;s sanctions don\u0026#039;t affect the Iranian people, [Secretary of State Mike] Pompeo is now deliberately killing the only remaining channels for humanitarian trade,\u0022 said Trita Parsi, executive vice president of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft.Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council, said in a statement Thursday that the Trump administration\u0026#039;s decision to plow ahead with its potentially disastrous economic measures \u0022is a heartless and sadistic move that has no moral or strategic justification.\u0022\u0022It is critical that the American people and our elected representatives put an end to this cruel, inhumane, and strategically catastrophic suffering and humiliation that is being imposed on innocent Iranians in our names,\u0022 said Abdi. \u0022We must be vigilant to ensure the Trump administration does not do irreparable damage or pull the U.S. into a disastrous war before his time in office comes to a well-deserved end.\u0022This article has been updated with additional comment from the National Iranian American Council.