US imposes fresh sanctions against Iran

05 February 2017

Measures cover individuals and entities US says are linked to missile programme or sanctioned groups

The US has imposed new sanctions against Iran just two days after the Trump Administration said Iran was “on notice” due to a ballistic missile test.

The new sanctions cover 25 individuals and entities, some based in the UAE, which the US Treasury Department says are connected to the ballistic missile programme or linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ Quds Force.

Individuals and entities affected are not linked to the international sanctions against Iran’s nuclear programme that were lifted in January 2016 as part of a multi-lateral agreement.

“The Trump Administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations that threaten our interests,” National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said.

“The days of turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over,” Flynn said in statement released by the White House.

The Trump Administration said the new sanctions are just the “initial steps” and that it was “undertaking a larger strategic review” into its response to Iran.

Agreements following the January 2016 agreement, such as Boeing selling Iran a new fleet of airliners, will be unaffected by the new sanctions, according to US officials.

Tehran responded saying the move was a violation of the nuclear agreement, calling it “illegal” and “extraterritorial”.

“Expansion of missile capabilities of the country, which is merely for defensive purposes and capable of carrying conventional weapons and will never be used unless for legitimate defense, is indisputable right of the Iranian nation…” said a statement by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

Iran said in response it would “impose legal constraints against a number of American individuals and entities” who it says have had a role in supporting terrorists groups in the Middle East.

It is still unclear what Trump Administration’s stance on the nuclear-related sanctions deal will be, but it remains in place despite the new government’s more aggressive stance on Iran.

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