US Treasury Imposes Secondary Sanctions on 6 Iranian Entities

by Garry Watts July 29, 2017, 0:07
US Treasury Imposes Secondary Sanctions on 6 Iranian Entities

"These sanctions target key entities involved in Irans ballistic missile program, and underscore the United States deep concerns with Irans continued development and testing of ballistic missiles and other provocative behaviour", said Treasury Secretary Steven T Mnuchin.

This photo carried by North Korea's state news agency on September 20, 2016, shows North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong-nam (L) shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani when they visited Venezuela for a summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

The sanctions come a day after Iran successfully launched its most advanced satellite-carrying rocket into space, in what was likely a major advancement for the country's safe program.

Following reports of the satellite launch, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Washington would consider it to violate the 2010 UN Security Council resolution against Iran's ballistics program and the "spirit" of the 2015 Joint Plan of Comprehensive Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal.

'These sanctions. underscore the United StatesĀ“ deep concerns with IranĀ“s continued development and testing of ballistic missiles and other provocative behavior, ' Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement. The launch, developed by Imam Khomeini National Space Center, marked official inauguration of the space base.

The sanctions in that bill also target Iran's missile development programs as well as human rights abuses.

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However, there is one key point that was not taken into account here: at present, Iran lets inspectors to visit its nuclear facilities, but inspections at military facilities were not included to the nuclear deal, and so, it will be hard for Trump to prove that Iran's military facilities are somehow connected with its nuclear program. "Rhetoric and actions from USA show bad faith", Zarif added.

Tehran denies its missiles are created to carry nuclear warheads, as it has no intention to even seek nukes.

Iran says its space program is peaceful, but Western experts suspect it may be a cover for developing military missile technologies.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif responded to the new sanctions by accusing the US of violating the "the letter and spirit" of the nuclear deal.

"Iran is not and will not be developing nuclear weapons; so by definition can not develop anything created to be capable of delivering them".


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