Iran sanctions 9 American firms as countermeasure

Claudine Rigal
Mai 20, 2017

Ghasemi has said Iran would retaliate by adding nine USA individuals and companies to its own sanctions list, accusing them of "clear violations of human rights" in relation to their support for Israel or "terrorist groups" in the Middle East. Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2015, agreeing to significantly curb operations at its nuclear facilities in return for the lifting of global oil and banking sanctions.

Iran holds a presidential election on Friday in which incumbent Hassan Rouhani will be seeking a second term against hardline challengers who say the nuclear pact has not delivered economic recovery as he promised.

The United States on Wednesday renewed a waiver of the key, and most punitive, sanctions that it imposed on Iran before the nuclear deal was ultimately struck.

Trump and many officials in his administration agree that the nuclear deal is badly-drawn up and that Iran is playing a very unsafe role in the Syrian civil war.

According to the LA Times, this strategy is a follow-on from the Obama administration's policy of sticking by the nuclear agreement whilst punishing the Iranian Regime for its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism.

The U.S. sanctioned two Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company and members of a China-based network for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement Wednesday.

Separately, the treasury department said it had sanctioned two senior Iranian defence officials, an Iranian company, a Chinese man and three Chinese companies for supporting Iran's ballistic missile programme.

Reached between Iran and six world powers on 14 July 2015, the nuclear deal aimed at limiting some aspect of Tehran's nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

Under these sanctions, tucked into Section 1245 of the 2012 National Defence Authorization Act, the United States threatened to sanction the banks of Iran's main oil customers if they did not significantly reduce their purchases of Iranian crude.

The statement further highlights Iran's legal right to developing its defense capabilities to preserve its sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity, adding that its missile program does not violate any of Iran's global commitments and the 2231 resolution.

Trump has harshly criticized the Iran deal, suggesting that former Secretary of State John Kerry could have walked away from negotiations and gotten more concessions from Iran.

Referring to Iran as "the number one terrorist state", the US president said the Middle Eastern country supplies money and weapons to terrorist groups.

During his presidential campaign, Trump vowed to tear up the nuclear deal, which he called "the worst deal ever negotiated" but since he took office, his advisors have warned that this move would be more complicated than he thought, mainly because the deal also involves the UK, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the United Nations.

Raisi has sought to portray the nuclear deal as an empty promise perpetrated by Iran's adversaries, calling it "a check the government has been unable to cash".

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