New Sanctions Are Also a Response to Iran's Funding of Terrorism
- Author: Marjorie Miles Feb 06, 2017,
Feb 06, 2017, 1:05
The U.S. Treasury Department announced additional sanctions on Iran on Friday, less than a week after a ballistic missile test prompted the Trump administration to accuse Iran of violating an global a weapons agreement.
The new move targets several networks and supporters of Iran's ballistic missile procurement, including a critical Iranian procurement agent and eight individuals and entities.
The U.S. imposed fresh sanctions on Iran as President Donald Trump seeks to punish Tehran for its ballistic missile program after warning the Islamic Republic that it is "playing with fire".
Resolution 2231, adopted on July 20, 2015 to endorse a nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, calls upon Iran not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles created to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn at the White House on Wednesday.
As a result of Friday's action, all property and interests of those designated subject to USA jurisdiction are blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
Iran immediately hit back, lambasting the threats as coming from "an inexperienced person" and pledging to impose reciprocal measures.
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Flynn said Sunday's missile test was 'in defiance of UN Security Council Resolution 2231, ' which calls on Iran not to test missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapon.
Iran's Foreign Ministry said the list of the targeted American figures and companies will be released later.
"Measures against the interests of the nation would receive proper reaction" from the government, the foreign ministry said, giving as an example its own response to the United States immigration ban.
He tweeted that Mr Obama had been "kind" to Iran and they were not appreciative of that.
Iranian leaders have dismissed Trump's statements as the "hollow rants" of a political novice and vowed to continue the missile tests, which it says are not in violation of United Nations resolutions.
On the Revolutionary Guards" Sepah news website, they said the launch would show their "complete preparedness to deal with the threats" and "humiliating sanctions' from Washington, Sky News reports. He said the US government is now putting the Iranian government "on notice".
One reason Mattis was on the outs with the Obama administration is that he supported tougher responses to Iranian mischief in the region.